By Karina | March 17, 2008
This isn’t a news flash, or anything – it happened last week but I was just so busy I didn’t get a chance to write about it. One of my coworkers came into my office at the end of the day and said “did you hear? the Pope declared pollution a sin!” You can read some of the more timely reports here or here.
I’m not Catholic, but there have been a lot of murmurings in organized Christianity lately (and some that have started quite some time ago) about taking a clearer role on environmental stewardship. We touched briefly in the comments over here about the varied types of people who espouse environmentalism – and I am pretty excited that even more varied groups are coming to the table. Plus, this is a direct (and positive!) contrast to some of the discussion and hypothesis a few years ago about why so many US conservatives were so anti-environment.
I will admit to a secret anticipation of some kind of change. I tried to figure out how many Fortune 500 companies have Catholic CEOs, but I didn’t have any luck. On the other hand, very very very few companies would ever admit that yes, they ARE polluting the environment. There is (believe it or not) some disagreement on whether or not CO2 is an environmental pollutant, you know? So while I secretly hope that some good and some change come from this, more logically, I guess I don’t expect very much.
The New Mortal Sins
1.) genetic modification
2.) carrying out experiments on humans
3.) polluting the environment
4.) causing social injustice
5.) causing poverty
6.) becoming obscenely wealthy
7.) taking drugs
I will keep this discussion to environmental issues (though I really love No. 5 too!) – No. 3 is pretty straight-forward yet open to interpretation, but No. 1 can be applied to genetic modification of food… and there’s really no way that big companies like Monsanto can ever say they’re not genetically modifying food.
What do you think? Will these new sin classifications cause any change in the world?
photo from Time.
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