Posted Mar 10, 2008 06:58 pm CDT
Updated: While serious sins used to be a matter of individual misbehavior, in a global world they are often more political in nature and thus can affect large numbers of people, a top Vatican official says.
Among the misconduct that Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti denounces as “violations of the fundamental rights of human nature” are: dealing drugs, causing pollution, manipulating human genetics and social and economic injustice, reports the Associated Press.
“You offend God not only by stealing, blaspheming or coveting your neighbor’s wife, but also by ruining the environment, carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments, or allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA or compromise embryos,” he is quoted by the London Times as saying.
Girotti—who heads the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary—earlier gave an interview on the subject of sinning to L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s daily newspaper.
Updated at 3 p.m. to include London Times coverage.