Ok, where's the updated list?
If possible, please put it in text format, preferably unified diff :)
Today is Monday, which means an addendum to the list of things Catholics should feel guilty about. Fresh off the red telephone with Providence, a senior member of the Vatican is upgrading a handful of lesser celestial bugaboos into what now will effectively destroy the grace of God within the heart of the sinner. The Vatican' …
Is it just me or does this "advice" sound like a quote from the Godfather ?
"I swear on the lives of my children -- give me a chance to redeem myself, and I will sin no more."
"This pope has very different ideas from the last one."
I hope the Pope doesn't make us an offer we can't refuse.....
Well, good for the Chinese/Japanese. They can usher in serious genetic manipulation with no ill effects in the afterlife. Bummer.
What about "mind manipulation and perversion"? Still not on the list? Pity, eh.
Luckily, "engineering" is still allowed. Close shave here.
Mine's the one with the embroidered Nietzsche on the back.
"Today is Monday, which means an addendum to the list of things Catholics should feel guilty about." Not just catholics either, much of the planets populace could do with taking some of this on board. In my opinion although all religious types, not just catholics, are living with delusion they do have some valid points.
Drugs... "weaken the mind and obscure intelligence." And faith in a fantasy doesn't?
How wealthy is the catholic church? What kind of luxury do the pope and his minions live in? And what do catholic priests allegedly get up to with prepubescent choir boys? Oh that's it, indoctrination, I was struggling to find the word for a moment.
"certain violations of the fundamental rights of human nature through experiments and genetic manipulations."... I presume they do not see the indoctrination of children as a violation of their rights to a balanced, open and honest education.
I think they should clean up their own house before they start telling anyone else how to live.
I am of the opinion that doing to others as you would have done unto yourself is sufficient premise by which to live without the threat of hell or damnation to confuse matters.
Of course if these people are right I am most certainly going to hell.
"certain violations of the fundamental rights of human nature"
Ah, the Catholica would be the ones to know. They who have violated just about every fundamental human right there was and denied that there were such rights to begin with.
Redefine sin? Easy. Sin is to -- don't hold your breath unless you're a Catholic (in that case, hold your breath for 12 minutes) -- do something damaging to yourself. Like kicking your neighbour's dog. Get it? Do the Kantian imperative, and whatever the Vatican may think, you're probably a more decent person than that bunch of lunatics will ever produce. Wonder how much Ratzinger paid the other Cardinals, anyway; anybody except me notice his triumphant expression when he went out to announce his papal name?
Aaaargh. Need more pirates, fewer Catholics.
this is in addition to the previous seven, right?
So does that mean we get another seven holy virtues? Can we get an updated Divine Comedy, or maybe another Brad Pitt film featuring the updated set?
And lets say you committed these new deadly sins before His Holiness updated the list... are you cool, or do you need to go to confession? If so, I might need to make a trip. Pretty sure I've racked up quite a few. I wonder if my penance could be prorated...
It was tough before with just seven. Now these? Man I am so screwed...
The next step is to turn back the clock one thousand years before the printing presses released the masses from eternal servitude to the church and then ban all schools except those approved by the church !
Oh sorry Sally Kern , the peoples repuke rep of the State of Oklahoma and of a certain new notoriety concerning a recent recording denigrating another class of person which just escaped to the tubes ! Anyway back to the story in hand , has just had her new bill passed in the state lower house and is busy lobbying or peddling influence to get it passed in the state upper house(hubby dearest , is a church pastor by the way) ! As with everything this one little stone cast into the pond will eventually generate a tidal wave in the bible belt where Southern Baptists wankers will fall for it hook line and sinker , just like another dry era as before in another century past !
To me these new variations are identical to the old vices , but as rewritten by legal wankers in order to reapply the church from tending the spiritual needs of the flock to pulling all the strings from behind the throne as per pre Martin Luther reformation days of old, as bad habits and yearning for the imaginary illusion of the good old days just keep on resurfacing in different guises !
Oh well , let the ignorance not reign supreme thus ! , or is it too late and "Idiocracy(with apologies to Mike J.)" has now begun in earnest ?
Please, please, please, don't start Christianity or God bashing because one single denomination utters such bullshit. Most other Christian denomination would not even accept the concept of "deadly sins". Its just something they use to make people feel more guilty thus giving them more power over their lives (thats why they change to more widespread sins, because then they have more power), thats not what Christianity is about and the Catholics do NOT define Christianity.
1. Thou shalt not scare children into believing rubbish with lies and fairy tales.
2. Thou shalt not screw those special few attractive children in your care, (especially priests.)
3. Thou shalt not rewrite murderer's wikipedia entries, just because they happen to be Catholic.
4. Thou shalt not side with the third reich if they decide it's jews they want rid of.
5. Thou shalt not brainwash men into fighting wars for you, that you may control those who survive.
6. Thou shalt not covet your neighbour's (x-b) ox.
7. Thou shalt not issue crusade immunity to murder thousands of women and children of religions you find "unconvenient."
The money I save on tithes is enough to pay some nice ladies of negotiable affection a visit a few times a year.
Ratzinger is completely off his rocker, not that they were ever really sane. I think it was in one of the Pratchett books: "the only real sin is to treat people as if they were things". I can kindof agree with that.
Alien 'cos they're probably pissing themselves laughing if they're watching.
Say that after 5 dried grammes of Psilocybin
Oh, and, FYI, ALCOHOL IS A FUCKING DRUG!
A drug which;
* Is highly dependent
* Causes depression
* Causes street violence
* Contributes to theft
* Contributes to sex crimes (ok, so a pissed up tart may not be committing the crime, but it still contributes)
Lets see what they do with the "blood of christ" now
OK, 1 and 7 are in direct conflict. Prohibiting birth control causes overpopulation which worsens poverty.
2 is subjective because morals are subjective.
3 If I use drugs as they were meant to be used, I'm not abusing them I guess...
6 is in direct conflict with the catholic church's worldwide assets.
Any more for any more?
more proof that christianity is on the decline (yay!).
1) invent a nasty sky fairy with an evil temper
2) pretend that in fact, he's rather nice
3) invent things he doesn't like
4) offer the only absolution
by the way - does anyone know why the bishops still have rights in the House of Lords?
There is a clear discrepancy between condemning "excessive wealth" and the Catholic Church's vast piles of gold, and between drug abuse and using one of the nastiest drugs in existence (alcohol) in ceremony. But those are at least defensible. "We contribute x to the poor every year" "one sip of wine is harmless" (although the Muslim consensus that bad is bad and the amount is irrelevant is far more consistent), etc.
However, the Catholic Church policy of refusing birth control to the poorest people on the world keeps them in poverty. This is not exaggeration, this is not religion-bashing, this is direct cause-and-effect. Reduced family size is essential to lifting families out of poverty. They are, therefore, guilty of the seventh Sin 2.0 until this policy is reversed, which certainly won't happen under the current Fü... papa.
Catholicism just dropped below Scientology in the "credible moral philosophy" list.
"Alien 'cos they're probably pissing themselves laughing if they're watching." ... By Anonymous Coward Posted Tuesday 11th March 2008 09:24 GMT
I imagine you are not wrong, AC. :-) Perhaps they'll Give US a little Push in A.N.Other DirectAXXXXIOn.
And the alien because there's an XXXXPlanaNation for all of this ... a Simulated Cyber Assault on Systems of InfraStructure Control.
Another predictable bunch of "Ug! Religious stupid. Me bash religious."
Any religious group can tell its members whatever it likes -- if you're not one of them, how on Earth does it affect you?
Besides -- you don't even know what they said: all you got was a pithy, watered-down soundbite version. I'm not sure, but I'd be surprised if the Vatican truly felt that vegetarian cheese (using GM bacteria in place of rennet) was a problem.
If I want to find out, well I suppose I'll have to go to a church and hear what a priest has to say. Unless and until I do so, I cannot make any educated comment on the matter -- and neither can any of you.
"Any religious group can tell its members whatever it likes -- if you're not one of them, how on Earth does it affect you?"
- Because quite a few of them seem to want to convert me or even blow me up just because I don't agree with them. I'd say it affects all of us, every day.
"If I want to find out, well I suppose I'll have to go to a church and hear what a priest has to say."
- As long as you realise you won't be getting a balanced view, or anything based on fact or evidence.
- I *am* a grown up, which is why I stopped believing in fairy stories.
So the "good book", which is apparently the word of God, says that all the plants and animals were put here for my use. Does the Catholic Church know better than God?
As for social injustice, Mother Theresa took money from the Duvaliers who had stolen it from the poor of Haiti then used it to help the poor by building nunneries. Of course these churned out nuns who agreed with her thinking - that suffering brought people closer to Jesus. Therefore, she let people die in squalor instead of using the money she was collecting to improve their lives.
That's why I'm a Pastafarian - the rules make far more sense:
The Eight “I’d Really Rather You Didn’ts”
1. I’d really rather you didn’t act like a sanctimonious holier-than-thou ass when describing my noodly goodness. If some people don’t believe in me, that’s okay. Really, I'm not that vain. Besides, this isn’t about them so don’t change the subject.
2. I’d really rather you didn’t use my existence as a means to oppress, subjugate, punish, eviscerate, and/or, you know, be mean to others. I don’t require sacrifices, and purity is for drinking water, not people.
3. I’d really rather you didn’t judge people for the way they look, or how they dress, or the way they talk, or, well, just play nice, Okay? Oh, and get this into your thick heads: woman = person. man = person. Samey = Samey. One is not better than the other, unless we’re talking about fashion and I'm sorry, but I gave that to women and some guys who know the difference between teal and fuchsia.
4. I’d really rather you didn’t indulge in conduct that offends yourself, or your willing, consenting partner of legal age AND mental maturity. As for anyone who might object, I think the expression is go fuck yourself, unless they find that offensive in which case they can turn off the TV for once and go for a walk for a change.
5. I’d really rather you didn’t challenge the bigoted, misogynistic, hateful ideas of others on an empty stomach. Eat, then go after the bitches.
6. I’d really rather you didn’t build multi million-dollar synagogues/churches/temples/mosques/shrines to my noodly goodness when the money could be better spent (take your pick):
a. Ending poverty
b. Curing diseases
c. Living in peace, loving with passion, and lowering the cost of cable I might be a complex-carbohydrate omniscient being, but I enjoy the simple things in life. I ought to know. I AM the creator.
7. I’d really rather you didn’t go around telling people I talk to you. You’re not that interesting. Get over yourself. And I told you to love your fellow man, can’t you take a hint?
8. I’d really rather you didn’t do unto others as you would have them do unto you if you are into, um, stuff that uses a lot of leather/lubricant/vaseline. If the other person is into it, however (pursuant to #4), then have at it, take pictures, and for the love of Mike, wear a CONDOM! Honestly, it’s a piece of rubber. If I didn’t want it to feel good when you did it I would have added spikes, or something.
I did grow up, part of which was casting of the shackles of a narrow mind, opening up and realising that if I communicate with people in a respectful manner, not ram my indoctrinated notions down their throats, they tended to be far more enjoyable company and I broadened my own horizons considerably.
George Carlin said "When I was young I was a Catholic, that is until I reached the age of reason."
There's no sin in Cincinnati. It's all across the river in Newport, KY. That's where the red light district and cheap booze is.
There are too many sinners out there. Where's an inquisition when we need one?
Joan of Arc --- Wasn't she the patron saint of welding?
We're "earth centric". Galileo was wrong-headed. Copernicus, be damned.
Newton's Social Laws of Sin:
I. A physical body will remain at rest, or continue to move at a constant velocity, unless a sin acts upon it.
II. The net sin on a body is equal to its mass* multiplied by its acceleration.
III. To every sin there is an equal and opposite sin.
* We Catholics know about masses, don't we? Be there or be square.
If anyone is going to foster any more sin lists, I'll have to take the mortal use of my name personally.
"How does it affect the women in third world countries who are refused access to contraception because these drooling lunatics are imposing their twisted hangups on the whole world? Quite a lot, I would think."
Oh yes, an awful lot. It affects the price of your food and consumer goods. As the population of third world countries increases, more of their land is needed to service their own needs, so less is available to sell to us (part of the reason for the current hike in world food prices). This means that there's more economic activity and more development. We lose our cheap labour, hence our cheap goods.
I wish I could remember his name, but I once heard an economist state that as a result of the colonial wars and the slave trade (all done by us whites), most of Africa is still underpopulated, and that it will never be economically stable until it has a big enough internal consumer base. Well-meaning charities who promote population control as a means of bettering the lot of the Africans were, according to him, merely prolonging the status quo of underdevelopment, poverty and poor sanitation.
We've already done the plagues, floods and desert stuff before.
Doesn't seem to have made much impact on piety (who ate all the piety?) and the RSPCA are still looking in to overcrowding on an animal transport vessel but the market for chocolate-covered locusts is looking good.
Still, look on the bright side.
We are patiently waiting for Yellowstone Park to erupt or a huge rock to impact or one side of Tenerife to slip in to the sea. As yet, despite biblical accounts of re-starting the operating system, we've not had the pleasure of a complete global re-boot apart from when the plug was pulled and the system re-started from a back-up few thousand humans.
1. making stup*d mortal sins
2. spending time in the booth listening to guys talk about their pretty sister-in-law while secretly maturbating quietly
3. breathing - gives off dangerous carbon dioxide, y'know
4. thinking - goodness knows what sort of perverse thoughts appear in the brains of individuals so terribly spoiled by ... etc
5. getting kids - bringing Gods gift to a planet full of sh*t and letting them suffer
rubberish. and let me guess he's not 'invalidated' any of the old past rules like 'being a vampire' or 'conspiring with the devil'.
I am not condeming the Catholic faith, just those hypocrits that run it, from the Pope down to the priests who are on the take.
Living in a 3rd world, it makes me sick to see how the RC church is milking any money it can from those that least afford it, to line their own pockets, and the abuse of girls by these priests.
These guys live one some of the best houses here (Philippines), have plenty food and gophers looking after them, while their parishioners are hungry, poorly dressed and no medical aid that they can afford. Yet the church bleeds them dry any time that it can, it makes me puke, all that keeps me sane is the thought that every dog will have his day, and those bastards will get their come uppance when they meet their God.
I thought this had all stopped when the Spanish were kicked out by the Americans, but nothing has changed, even their politicians have got in on the act.
I am anonymous as my name would be recognised here, and we do have a high drive by shooting rate.
It's okay for the pope to have his own pimped out car, have a solid gold bathroom, and live in a palace filled with treasure. It's not okay for you to do it. That's why its good to be the pope.
Oh, and coward who yawned.... as soon as Christians stop trying to enforce their beliefs on the rest of the world is the moment we'll stop having to try to talk some common sense into them. I have my own invisible friend called Harry. I don't really want to play with your one so leave me alone.
100 years ago Christians believed that slavery was acceptable. Todays Christians are mostly apologetic about this. In 100 years Christians will be apologizing for your hatred of science and homosexuals. You don't have a monopoly on the truth, nor is the Christian version of truth as immutable and constant as you'd like to believe.
Genetic manipulation's a mortal sin, huh? Sounds like another triumph of ignorance over science at St. Peter's Basilica.
At the risk of pulling a Galileo and being beaten up by the Inquisition for calling the Vatican's teachings stupid... they're stupid. They were stupid when they were killing inoffensive monks like Giordano Bruno for daring to suggest that the earth revolves around the sun, and that there are no absolute positions in the universe, and that we should double check Aristotle's work for the errors we now know it to be riddled with... he was sort of a shabbily dressed Renaissance version of Carl Sagan. The closest thing to mercy he was permitted during his execution was that a friend was allowed to tie a bag of gunpowder around his neck, which, when the flames reached it, hopefully rendered him unconscious before his agony reached its apex.
Genetic engineering has produced, among other things, the medicine that keeps my particular rare form of cancer at bay. I firmly believe that I would be dead now if we hadn't learned how to create analogues of human biological molecules.
I'd like to think I'd be just as contemptuous of priests meddling in matters of which they are profoundly ignorant if my life hadn't been saved by technology the Vatican has declared a mortal sin. In any case, by letting morons like Fr. Girotti define knowledge and science as sins, the Papacy has at the very least shown a lack of leadership in its own organization; at worst a hankering to usher in a new Dark Age.
This announcement makes me intensely proud NOT to be a Roman Catholic. My own church may be "defective" in the Pope's opinion, but that just makes the feeling mutual in my case.
Mendelian breeding just became a mortal sin. Instead of jumping on the opportunity to claim priority for the Church in the matter of genetic manipulation by honoring the work of Gregor Mendel, this mindless functionary has instead drawn the shades of darkness over genetic engineering work for the faithful of his Church, which I thankfully left long, long ago (for another Church which the current Pope has declared defective).
I wish that someone in the Church would discover the mortal nature of spiritual arrogance.and condemn that, instead; then admonish its senior priests accordingly. I'm already nostalgic for John Paul II, the Pope who wasn't quite so much in love with the sound of his own voice.
"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned - I have been drug trafficking."
"OK, my son, say five Hail Marys and put 15% of your take in the Poor Box."
Like the tale about the priest who starts confessional in the morning, first caller is an attractive young woman who confesses to sins of the flesh with Tommy Wilson.
He tells her to say five Hail Marys and put 10 quid in the Poor Box.
The next caller is another attractive woman confessing the same sin and gets the same penance.
After five of these in a row, the priest is getting somewhat concerned and, by the end of the day after a couple of dozen of his female parishioners have all confessed to sins of the flesh with Tommy Wilson, he figures he should be locating this Tommy Wilson and having a word with him about his single-handed tarnishing of the virtue of the women of the parish.
The Poor Box is fair bulging by this stage.
He's just about to shut up the confessional and head out when the door opens again and a young man slips onto the bench.
"Yes, my son?" the priest asks.
"Good evening, Father," says the young man, "my name is Tommy Wilson, either you split the contents of the Poor Box with me or I take my cock to another parish"
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