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11 March 2008 @ 06:10 pm
On the whole "new sins" meme  
I found a translation of the original interview. This was with the Regent of the Penitentiary - a vatican official, but not one in a position to officially define sins. The exact words were:

"There are various areas today in which we adopt sinful behavior, as with individual and
social rights. This is especially so in the field of bioethics where we cannot deny the
existence of violations of fundamental rights of human nature – this occurs by way of
experiments and genetic modifications, whose results we cannot easily predict or control.
Another area, which indeed pertains to the social spectrum, is that of drug use, which
weakens our minds and reduces our intelligence. As a result, many young people are left
out of Church circles. Here’s another one: social and economic inequality, in the sense
that the rich always seem to get richer, and the poor, poorer. This [phenomenon] feeds off
an unsustainable form of social injustice and is related to environmental issues –which
currently have much relevant interest."

See also the related article on newsbusters.org.
Auto-defenestration has never been this funm00t on March 12th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
While the inequality thing is a good sentiment, is he implying that young people aren't in church because they're dumb from using drugs? Or that the church excludes them because they use drugs? Either way...
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on March 12th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Yes, it's the kind of inanity expected from the clergy. Not admirable, but also far from wat has been reported.