Monday, March 10, 2008

Seven deadly sins - updated

My god, you have to accept that you're getting old when you find yourself in (partial) agreement with Mary Kenny in relation to the new, groovy, updated and relevant list of 'mortal sins' this present Pope has come up with.

Part of the whole experience of becoming a) more conservative and b) increasingly lazy in my old age is that I expect other people to be traditional on my behalf. I can't be bothered, myself.

I expect Marxists to be Marxists - not come out with convoluted reasons for supporting reactionary and violent religious movements.

I expect liberals to be liberals - not make arguments about how you will be 'really free' if you ban people from smoking, force them to stay on at school, and presume you have the consent to raid their corpses for spare parts unless they say otherwise - the sort of thing you can read over at Illiberal Conspiracy from time to time.

And I expect Catholics to be Catholics - instead of going for all this nebulous crap about 'social justice' and environmental crimes and whatnot. Kenny writes:
"Now, a vague concept of social justice is all very fine and dandy, but one person's social justice may be another's cause for litigation. Drug abuse is clearly a sin against the human body (the temple of the Holy Ghost), but some individuals are afflicted with addiction problems they are powerless to overcome. As for accumulating excessive wealth to the detriment of the common good: well, that's an argument that could go on for hours. Days. Years."
Quite so. Does Ratzinger not understand: he who marries the spirit of this age will become her widower in the next?

See, with the old list there's no doubt - I'm going to hell:

Greed:Medium

Gluttony:Medium

Wrath:High

Sloth:High

Envy:High

Lust:Very High

Pride:Medium



But as for all this hippy tree-hugging shite - who knows?

Silly Test: Via

Btw: Error #80 in the Syllabus of Errors says:
"The Roman Pontiff can, and ought to, reconcile himself, and come to terms with progress, liberalism and modern civilization."
Thought you might like to know that.

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