Also known as the Capital Vices or Cardinal Sins the classification has been used by early Christians to educate fallen humanity’s tendency to sin. The currently recognized version of the sins are usually wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony. A ‘deadly sin’ can be either venial or mortal, depending on the situation ; but they are called ‘capital’ because they engender other sins, other vices. The virtues were chastity, temperence, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility.

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