Monday, March 10, 2008

Vatican: New Sins? Not Likely

If you understand that British religious 'reporting' is pretty close to American tabloid 'reporting,' you'll understand that the breathless (and error-riddled) reports of "New Deadly Sins" are, well, balderdash.

See Zadok for the takedown.

And wait for some actual Vatican news-release if you want to know what's going on.

One wishes that an intelligent and well-informed reporter like Tom Heinen were on this "story."

UPDATE 3/11:

...the Vatican has NOT published a new list of seven deadly sins.

The statement adds: “This is not a new Vatican edict. The story originated from an interview that Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti gave to the L'Osservatore Romano in which he was questioned about new forms of social sins in this age of globalisation.

“Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti is not the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary; he is the regent (official). The Major Penitentiary is Cardinal James Francis Stafford.”

The Monsignor answered questions; he did not propose a new group of "deadly sins."

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