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.