Sometime back, the media got itself all in a tizzy about “the Vatican” supposedly issuing “seven new deadly sins”. As one particularly egregious headline put it “Recycle or go to hell, warns Vatican”.
Given this view of the Faith, discussions in the press then break down into inane prattle about mortal and venial sin. Here, for instance, is Slate explaining it all for you:
What kinds of sins aren't deadly?
The venial ones. The Catholic Church divides sinful behavior into two categories: mortal and venial. (The distinction wasn't widespread until the medieval period.) Mortal sins are those that the sinner knows are serious but nonetheless decides to perform. They include the seven...READ MORE