Concerned that the original seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride), just weren’t enough for modern life, the Catholic Church has rolled out a list of 5 new sinful behaviors. They are (1) genetic manipulation; (2) drugs; (3) pollution; (4) social injustice; and (5) economic injustice. Missing something? I thought so too. They go on to note that they are also concerned by pedophilia (though they think it’s exaggerated by the media), and oh yeah, abortion ~ still bad.
Sins, both venial and mortal, have historically been the purview of the individual. The things you did hurt you and the sometimes the ones you loved. Because of globalization, the Catholic Church now believes that your sins are hurting society and they must be delineated, so they can be avoided. It’s not clear if any of the “new sins” are venial (small and forgivable) or mortal (you’re going to burn in Hell for this one). More information is expected when Pope Benedict XVI addresses the United Nations later this year.
In the meantime, I’d recommend 5 Hail Mary’s and a new recycling bin.