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March 10, 2008
Vatican Updates Its List of Mortal Sins; Fails to Specify Their Punishments
The new mortal sins include taking or dealing in drugs, polluting the environment, and engaging in "manipulative" genetic science, The Times of London reports. Also new to the list are paedophilia, abortion, and social injustices that cause poverty or "the excessive accumulation of wealth by a few".
Punishments for these new moral sins were not reported but for reference librarians who may be asked this question today, here are the original seven mortal sins and their punishments.
Pride: Broken on the wheel
Envy: Put in freezing water
Gluttony: Forced to eat rats, toads, and snakes
Lust: Smothered in fire and brimstone
Anger: Dismembered alive
Greed: Put in cauldrons of boiling oil
Sloth: Thrown in snake pits
What should the punishments for these new mortal sins be? Make your suggestions by commenting to this post. For example:
Polluting the Environment: Listening to the audio version of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth until you go insane.
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