Seven Deadly Sins Updated by Vatican
John Paulson Hedge Fund King
A Hotbed of Sins, Be They Old or New by Clyde Haberman NYT 4-18-07
Clyde Haberman of the NY Times reports that a few weeks before Pope Benedict's visit, the Vatican issued a new lineup of what are commonly referred to as the seven deadly sins--pride, anger, envy, avarice, lust, gluttony and sloth--which have stood the test of time.
Many of the sin updates appear to be aimed at New York City and Wall Street in particular, for example, "the accumulation of excessive wealth," which may have been aimed at the likes of John Paulson who made $2.7 billion on his hedge fund last year.
Social inequality and injustice were also included in the Vatican updates which could have referred to a study showing that the gap between the rich and poor in New York keeps widening and to the failure of the city to enforce construction safety regulations which have resulted in the possibly unnecessary deaths of many construction workers.
Causing poverty is also on the new list was cited by Haberman as another possibly applicable to the new union contract in NYC reducing pay for police recruits from $40 thousand to $25,000.
Drug abuse also made the new list without recommendation for a solution. Haberman questions whether NYC is doing right by sending low-level users to prison.
Environmental pollution was also added to the list of sins. Wrt pollution the legislature recently shot down the mayor's proposal to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle pollution from certain parts of the city.
Morally debatable experimentation was listed for the first time also. Perhaps the traffic congestion proposal ran afoul of this category.
According to Haberman, "One thing is certain: There is more than enough here to lead to damnation. But we must trust the Pope to be merciful and to forgive us our trespasses when he celebrates mass at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
"Besides, we are not irredeemable sinners. One other transgression on the list involves genetic manipulation. Unless you know someone who is trying to clone a human in a secret lab, we seem to be OK on that one."
Any additions to the list?
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