Some topics always get great media attention. Yesterday the topic of updated sins got a lot of wear from the mainstream media because of the focus on the subject by the Apostolic Penitentiary in Rome. However, the entire religious world is constantly teaching about the moral extremes that are associated with sin. When you consider the seven new deadly sins as outlined yesterday, there is nothing new in the game of immorality versus morality. The ramifications and the implications of sinful behavior is still the cause of a painful division between God, His people and our brothers and sisters in faith.

The seven new deadly sins are a new focus on perpetually painful conditions that cause the entire world, regardless of religious affiliation much suffering, pain and continued despair. What seems to be most significant is the fact that the seven new and revised deadly sins are reflective upon both our subjective ability to sin and our ability as a global community to transgress against each other.

Over the past 24 hours, I have received various comments regarding the revised Vatican list. These comments for the most part are very favorable towards understanding and discussing the various aspects of sin…because for too long Catholics and the rest of the world have neglected to admit our human ability to commit acts of human transgression against God, our brothers and sisters and our planet. The topic of sin is not always the most popular one around the dinner table, nor does the matter usually turn up in discussions between polite societies. However, sin indeed exists and it is very real presence is obvious in the manifestations of the world’s most evident social, political, economic and theological conflicts. While the media likes to describe these events as unrest, recession, economic regression and political chaos, after all is said and done, our woes are the result of sin, mans incivility towards other men.

Perhaps the greatest point revealed in the revised list of the seven most deadly sins is the global attention such a listing has made on the world scene. All over the secular news, in the newspapers, on the evening news there was some discussion of how the Catholic Church was revising sin to include a more modern appearance. I do not think the purpose of the Church’s revision was due in any part to the lack of sinful behavior in the world, but rather a piercing shout to the global community to recognize the modern guises of sinful and extremist behavior.

Sin collectively as a word it seems sells newspapers, increases media exposure, and makes the headlines of the global journalistic news. Perhaps the faithful of the world would be more interested in solving global inequities and injustices if the topic were preceded by terms such as sin, sex, murder, abortion and any other potential human violence. Then maybe the world would acknowledge all of these behaviors as morally wrong and in desperate need of divine healing and human reconciliation.

If indeed sin is a topic that effectively makes people listen to the urgency required among all peoples to provide moral and social norms for a harmonious society, perhaps the news from Rome should always be prefaced with acts of sinful human transgression. Only then will we take notice and change our personal, social and political shortcomings to reflect an intended harmonious global society.

Hugh McNichol is a freelance Catholic author that writes on Catholic and religious issues. He writes daily @ & &

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