The 7 Social Sins

Just read an article on bloomberg about the new list of "7 social sins" that the Roman Catholic church published this week. I am assuming that these supplement and don't replace the 7 deadly ones. Here is the list:

  1. Bioethical violations such as birth control
  2. Morally dubious experiments such as stem cell research
  3. Drug abuse
  4. Polluting the environment
  5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor
  6. Excessive wealth
  7. Creating poverty

I, obviously, do have some thought about this.

  • "Bioethical violations such as birth control" - I'm staying out of the birth control debate because it's a battle I can't win. I will point out that it does little when it comes to circumventing G_d's will (if He wants you to be pregnant, no amount of latex will stop Him).
  • "Morally dubious experiments such as stem cell research" - Leaving abortion on the side for a minute... better yet let's not, let's say abortion is murder then how is stem cell research any different then experiments on cadavers donated to science? I haven't heard many people committing murder to help science lately. Saying stem cell research supports abortion is like saying organ donation is supporting murder
  • "Excessive wealth" - It's not the wealth that's the problem, it's what you do with it. You can't say that Waren Buffett's or Bill Gate's wealth is a problem as they are giving it away. Jesus said "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" He did not say it was impossible.

The others all seem to be restatements of other sins greed for 5 and 7... (what is the difference between Creating Poverty and Widening divide between rich and poor anyway?) , sloth and or greed for 4 depending on your motivation, gluttony for 3,