Saturday, February 3, 2007

Carbon off-setting = selling indulgences?

There was a classic letter in the Guardian yesterday:

Has anyone noticed the similarity between carbon offsetting (Report, January 27) and the medieval practice of selling indulgences - where a sinner would "offset" his wickedness with a paid-for prayer at a handy monastery. Perhaps Chaucer's Pardoner - a great sin-offset man if ever there was one - is alive and well and working for Bono?
Paul Dornan, London

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