Articles are marking the rounds from
various news sources about Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the
Apostolic Penitentiary, week-long Lenten seminar for priests that
included talks on confession and mortal sins. The news
agencies are casting this as a new list of the seven deadly sins even
though it is no such thing.
Different news agencies choose their
emphasis such as the Telegraph choose to headline that not recycling is
a mortal sin and the Times says new deadly sins include “Sins Including
Abortion, Contraception and Drug-Dealing.” This is of course quite
silly and religion reporting is notoriously bad and British religious
reporting even worse. “Ruining the environment” is not the
same thing as not recycling and of course abortion, contraception, etc
are not new sins
Eastern Catholics do not recognize
the same distinction between mortal and venial sins as the Western or
Latin Church does, nor do they believe that those people who die in a
state of sin are condemned to automatic damnation.
Now I understand the theology of
Eastern Catholics churches and
Orthodox Churches don’t use those words to make distinctions in sins,
but the last line about ‘automatic damnation” seems to be quite off to
me in relation to Easter Catholic churches since obviously the same
Catechism applies to the whole Church and it is Canon Law and some
differences in emphasis in regard to theology that mark this.
Now the Wikipedia article on this makes the same claim so I
would bet that this is where the article picked it up and in fact it
looks to me that much of the article was lifted from Wikipedia.
any of my readers could clear this up I would be interested in how
accurate this is.
Zadok the Roman also
posts on this and wonders “Is it ignorance or malice that’s
responsible for the poor standard of religious reporting?” How about