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Environmental Destruction is One of the New Seven Mortal Sins

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Seven New Sins for a New Century

In the 21st century, the Catholic Church has added additional official mortal or deadly sins to match the lifestyle of the global economy.

A proverb in many families states that to waste is to sin. Many of us remember having heard this from our mothers when we would not eat some sort of unappetizing food set before us at the dinner table. These, we have seven additional mortal sins announced by the Catholic church and waste is among them.

Air pollution (public domain)

Air pollution (public domain)

The number seven is a magic number in many societies, including Western Society. This magic translates into a mystical representation of good and evil in sets of seven.

The Seven Deadly Sins that have been recognized by the Catholic Church up to the 21st century include Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Wrath, and Sloth.

Gluttony and greed are part of some of the newly named sins as well.

Destruction of Humans and the Earth

Msgr. Gianfranco Girotti is the leader of the Vatican group known as the Apostolic Penitentiary, which is a watchdog group concerned with such aspects of the faith as sin, rules, and doctrine.

Officially, the church recognizes 14 deadly sins. Girotti named seven new mortal sins, for a total of 14. The first one is significantly about ruining the environment.

More Than Seven Sins

The venal sins, on the other hand, are larger in number than the mortal sins, but supposedly lesser in magnitude. Are they really more benign and less serious?

Some individuals, some religious denominations, and even entire faith communities globally believe that sin is sin, that any and all sin is equal in its immorality, whether it be lying, impure thoughts, or murder.

This is for each individual to decide independently, but us waste as bad as murder? Many think that it is exactly as evil, because waste murders the environment. A dead environment will kill us all.

In the 21st century, the Catholic church has added additional, recognized deadly sins to match the lifestyle created by a global economy.

Waste: The "TrashPatch" Plastic Continent

Interestingly, one or two of the new sins named have to do with nature and the respect shown to Earth and the universe by indigenous peoples around our planet and across the seven seas.

These sins including the new plastic continent of discarded bags and other plastic refuse that has collected in the Pacific Ocean.

The "throwaway society" is a concept originally taught in the 1970s after Earth Day became part of American traditions. Disposables and objects made with a plan to wear out quickly to need frequent replacement began to lead to ever increasing piles of trash at home and at work.

Thin plastic bags have become a nightmare to the environment. We now have continents of plastic.

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The "TrashPatch" phenomenon approaches a continent in size. The video above speaks of a project to raise the awareness of plastic debris, especially in the North Pacific Gyre (Reference: Retrieved September 5, 2008).

Manufacturing Pollution

Nonpoint Source Pollution - from daily living.

Nonpoint Source Pollution - from daily living.

Grime Belts in China and USA

Coal mining all over the world is not a clean activity. Members of my family died of black lung disease with cancer resulting from coal mining as well. China supports massive coal mines and suffers associated massive pollution.

Cancer Corridors in Canada and USA

Oil tar sands and their dirty refining processes have caused the need for several Cancer Corridor Hospitals in Alberta Province, Canada. Tar sands that flow through the Keystone XL Pipeline (the Black Snake) are expected to leak into the water supply of the US States involved, greatly increasing the cancer risk to people living there.

Other oil pipelines in the area have already leaked. Cancer risk is higher there and other oil areas like Galveston, than in non-oil regions of the USA.

A Black Snake Runs Through It

The Black Snake: XL Pipeline

The Black Snake: XL Pipeline

Tom Leher's "Pollution"


The new sins can be categorized as waste, weather, and genetics.


  • Pollution.
  • Space Trash - debris dumped by space vehicles and space stations into the atmosphere; and particulates in the atmosphere from spacecraft as they they burn up on re-entry.
  • Wastefulness and creating too much trash; failure to recycle.
  • Wealth: Amassing excessive wealth (and its power) can lead to waste and cause poverty and social injustice. Huge wealth is available through the sale of illegal drugs, and even legal drugs.


  • Weather manipulation, especially that which could increase chemicals in the atmosphere

In Genetics:

  • Any stem cell research on embryos. Any stem cell research except that where the genetic matter comes itself from the patient being treated.
  • Cloning (Note: we eat cloned corn already, since the 1980s).
  • Gene splicing.
  • Genetically modified foods (GMOs).
  • Genetic warfare within chemical warfare methods.
  • Leading animals and plants to extinction.
  • Planning a "Super Race." Possibly discovering genetic manipulation possible in outer space that is not possible under gravitational forces, and misuse of same.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 21, 2009:

There have been times that I, frustrated, thought a 75% reduction in human populations globally would do the trick. That's pretty cold toward one's own species. But I think any life will spread until it's stopped and disasters and disease kill many each year. However, overpopulation itself may be the ultimate killer.

Captain Obvious on August 21, 2009:

Although some groups of people are aware to some extent of human impact on environment, the majority is ignorant and wants nothing to do with it. People contrary to what they often believe act on very basic and simple impulses, the biggest of them being hunger, procreation and social status, Thus any issues not directly related to those will not be addressed as worthy or even valid. Given that humans as a species (I am basing this on the majority and not the few enlightened individuals) are only concerning themselves with the immediate basic needs at hand while exerting a tremendous toll on the planet as a system it is only logical to conclude that homo sapiens is a parasite, a virus which unless is cured or altered will effectively kill this world and either die itself or move on to another host(s).

Kill a person - help save the planet!

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on February 23, 2009:

great lens. I agree that genetic manipulation should be considered a mortal sin. animal or human genetic stuctures should not be changed nor mixed.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 23, 2008:

Thanks for the direction to Transition Towns! One neighborhood in one of the New York burroughs went all green and there is a movement to build retirement clusters (smaller communities) all green as well.

The Greening of America and other books warned us about waste in the late 1960s - 1970s and here is the result of not attending to it fully. Waste must stop.

Amanda Severn from UK on August 22, 2008:

Hi Patty. I only just found this hub, but I see it's been around a while. I'm in estate agency in the UK, and believe me, there's plenty of time to sit around and read hubs while I'm at work these days!

You've really covered all the angles on pollution and our sick society. I won't say that nobody cares these days, because it's obvious that a lot of people do care. The trouble is that we're outnumbered by at least ten to one!

I've been doing a lot of reading and research of my own lately, and I've come agross a movement called Transition Towns (See my hubs). these guys are trying to start a groundswell of activity from the bottom up rather than waiting for governments to act (We could be waiting a long time for that to happen!)

Anyway, great hub! Cheers for now Mandy

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 09, 2008:

Thanks CaarolSue. There should be a lot goiong on this Earth Day.

Carolsue on April 09, 2008:

Very nice hub. More people need to be responsible when it comes to the environment. Earth Day is April 22! Hope you can visit my hubs.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 21, 2008:

This is correct and it's really even worse.

We have a population segment that is only a giant Consumer and purposeful Waster - buying groceries to throw out without eating any; ordering big meals in restaurants (when someone else is paying) so they can be seen taking one bite and discarding the food; throwing trash in others' yards, in parks, and in the streets and demanding that someone else (the city) clean it up. It's a sickness. They say they are fine with using up the planet during their own lifetime and future generations should just suffer.

They also max out as many credit cards as they can accumulate and plan to incur a lot of creditors that will seek money from their estates after death. However, they have arranged for there to be no estate left upon death. They say they are '"sticking it" to the liberals that are trying to deny them the best of everything that they deserve.' It's a sickness.

Thanks for posting, adventure.

adventure from U.S.A. on March 20, 2008:

I am very upset about what has happened to our planet. We have all but destroyed our air, water, and land. We have been gluttons of the Earth, rather than stewards. We are completely removed from the natural life and food cycle of nature. Instead, we stand by the side of nature and pelt it with poison. Is anyone depressed yet? Well, you should be. If we keep this up, we'll all be gone. We desperately need great thinkers, not merely usurpers.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 13, 2008:

Thanks for the comments! It's hard to read all the new Hubs, there are so many, but I'm glad you found this!


Abhinaya on March 13, 2008:

The first picture about the smoke emitted by industries could be the the worst of all.Non bio-degradable things are not completely recyled and these pose a real threat.The videos are a perfect match.GREAT HUB.I don't know how I missed this one.Can I give more than one thumbs up for this HP?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 13, 2008:

Dear Raven King - Thanks for your post!

My Catholic friend in Michigan was instructed about the new sins, but their church likes a lot of rules.

Msgr. Gianfranco Girotti stated these sins and I read only one article against the 1000 about him doing so in the name fo the Vatican, only one as of late last night that stated the Church had not confirmed the Msgr. in his decree.

Meanwhile, some Catholics have strongly objected, while some Catholic schools have assured students they do not need to learn 7 new sins. The Google News lnks above lead to the cache of articles.

I believe that genetic use of one's own DNA material can indeed heal illnesses and conditions. Cord blood can be used. Emryos should not be destroyed, imo.

What if humans have to resort to genetic manipulation? -- Then it is truly the Last Days and I'm ready to go! Hallelujah!

Raven King from Cabin Fever on March 13, 2008:

Hi Patty. These are powerful images. Pollution and waste is truly ugly. I am a catholic and I didn't know about these new sins. Scientist are hoping to find ways to help people with cerebral palsey and autism through genetic manipulation. The media reported that drinking water is contaminated with prescription drugs and that has lead to mutations in fish. What if humans have to resort to genetic manipulation in order to fix the mutations that already have occurred? Sounds like a sticky situation.

A very interesting hub, thanks. :)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 12, 2008:

Oh my! - The New York Times reports that in 2007, 'The Vatican issued a kind of Ten Commandments for drivers against the offences of road rage, alcohol abuse and rudeness."

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 12, 2008:

There are now some semi-official looking Blog posts on the 'net stating that the church created no new list of sins. Do you like controversy? I guess we have it. :) I sense backpeddling...

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 12, 2008:

Thank you compu-smart and you are right - little bits help. It feels good to me to recyle.

Tony Sky from London UK on March 12, 2008:

Very interesting and disturbing information! I'm always for Environmental friendly stuff and always try to do what i can and within my power which is not a lot but every little helps..

Another great hub Patty.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 12, 2008:

Thanks Peter. Unfotunately, money does not seek its own level like water; it seeks to skew and leave a lower caste of poor workers or slaves. That seems to be natural, and I don't know how to fix it except for each of us a do a little to help day by day. I am incensed by waste and resulting high prices.

Several of us have discussed this on Zsuzsy's Hub about prices 75 years ago. I think I should link to it. Aha -

Peter M. Lopez from Sweetwater, TX on March 12, 2008:

Great stuff, Patty. I agree with you. As long as there are social and economic injustices, there will always be poverty, drug use, and everything else necessary to numb oneself to the social and economic conditions.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 12, 2008:

Thanks stephanie.

I have been so angry about waste and pollution recently! The pictures say it all.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on March 12, 2008:

Wow, Patty. Those pictures truly are worth 1000 words. Each of them.

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