Once again the Vatican proves just how irrelevant and hypocritical it is in the modern world: Obscene wealth 'can go to Hell' March 10, 2008 12:20pm Article from: Font size: + - Send this article: Print Email Vatican says obscene wealth is a sin Pollution, genetic engineering also on the list Deadly sins updated to reflect modern world THE seven deadly sins have grown to at least 14 after the Vatican updated its 1400-year-old list of the worst moral failures to reflect the modern world. The new deadly sins that may lead to eternal damnation are polluting, genetic engineering, being obscenely rich, drug dealing, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice, The Times newspaper has reported. Quoting from Vatican newspaper Lâ€™Osservatore Romano, The Times reported that certain actions were so unholy that they needed to be deemed as â€œmortal sinsâ€ â€“ not the less serious â€œvenial sinsâ€. The man in charge of examining confessions and indulgences for the Vatican, Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, told the Vatican newspaper that priests should be aware of the â€œnewâ€ sins. â€œNew sins have appeared on the horizon of humanity as a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalisation,â€ Monsignor Girotti said. â€œYou offend God not only by stealing, blaspheming or coveting your neighbourâ€™s wife â€“ but also by ruining the environment, carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments, or allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA or compromise embryos.â€ The other â€œnewâ€ mortal sins included taking or dealing drugs and causing poverty or the â€œexcessive accumulation of wealth by a fewâ€, Monsignor Girotti said. According to the Catholic Church, â€œimmediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into Hell.â€ The Times reported that Pope Gregory the Great listed the original seven deadly sins in the 6th Century. Those were: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth.