Trying to Make Capital Out Of A Sin


Growing up a Catholic, I have  examined my conscience quite a lot. Especially before getting into the Confessional.  Early on at St. Pancratius,  it was ingrained in me  to recognize a hierarchy of transgressions, from the most innocuous venial sin to the most depraved mortal sins,  those  that--- if unrepented at the moment of death--- consign you to an everlasting stretch in Hell.

So like most Catholics, I imagine, I have a very sensitive sin-ometer.  But a  sin that has never---not in the faintest degree--- registered  on it is envy, one of the notorious  Deadly Sins. For whatever reason, envy has never found  fertile soil in my heart.

So when I hear Mitt Romney counterattacking critics of his financial dealings for harboring  "class envy",  I start examining my  own conscience and reading my sin-ometer.   Negative. I'm still absolutely  envy-proof.

Anyway, I  think it's a mite tacky and shabby to trot out "class envy" as a political invective. It's really a  smokescreen, a red herring, a diversionary tactic, rather than an exoneration of one's record. In Romney's case, shouldn't he talk  in detail about Bain Capital and leave the Capital Sins out of it?

But if he must go there, I think a very convincing  argument  can be made that he's guilty of  one  himself: Greed.


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