There's a flurry over blogging over the list of new social sins just released by the Vatican. The ones that are most interesting to us here at Ad Feminem are high on the list: bioethical violations such as birth control and "morally debatable" experiments such as stem cell research, cloning, genetically engineering "designer babies." Each of these suggest a real concern over tampering with our natural bodies. If each of us is made in the image of God, as the Catholics believe, then this attempt to alter our bodies is an attempt to alter the image of God. So the natural extrapolation, it seems, would be to questions of cosmetic surgery. What is the Vatican's stance on elective cosmetic surgery? Does it qualify as a social sin under the guise of "bioethical violations?" According to the logic of the new social sins, surely elective cosmetic procedures equal aftermarket tinkering with the image of God just as much as genetic engineering equals elemental tampering with it. Further, if indeed surgery will now be in this category, how will one determine the severity of the sin? Will Botox be venial, breast augs mortal? Or is all this already covered by the original injunction against vanity? It will be interesting to see where the Catholic Church draws the line on this.