The first hints that low-mpg cars were sinful in the eyes of the Catholic Church came last fall, when a spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that the Pope would use an April 2008 address to the UN as a way to speak to the moral implications of living a greener life. Today, the Vatican has gone a bit further and told its followers that polluting the earth should be considered a "new" sin.

Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, whom Reuters describes as "the Vatican's number two man in the sometimes murky area of sins and penance," said over the weekend that pollution ranks up there with human cloning and other genetic manipulation as barriers to heaven. There have got to be about ten thousand great editorial cartoons generated by his statement.

As we know, the Vatican became the first country to fully offset CO2 emissions last summer by installing photovoltaic cells and buying carbon offset credits. If I had centuries' worth of booty stored in my basement, I could probably afford all those PVs as well.

[Source: Reuters / Yahoo]

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