A new report out of the Vatican states that men and women sin differently. And how might the Catholic Church’s notions of what count as sins get divided up among gender lines? Well seeing their other views on gender roles, the answer should surprise none of us.
A Catholic survey found that the most common sin for women was pride, while for men, the urge for food was only surpassed by the urge for sex.
The report was based on a study of confessions carried out by Fr Roberto Busa, a 95-year-old Jesuit scholar.
The Pope’s personal theologian backed up the report in the Vatican newspaper.
“Men and women sin in different ways,” Msgr Wojciech Giertych, theologian to the papal household, wrote in L’Osservatore Romano.
“When you look at vices from the point of view of the difficulties they create you find that men experiment in a different way from women.”
Msgr Giertych said the most difficult sin for men to face was lust, followed by gluttony, sloth, anger, pride, envy and greed.
For women, the most dangerous sins were pride, envy, anger, lust, and sloth, he added.
Well it’s good to know that we’re not reinforcing any stereotypes about men having insatiable sexual appetites and women being needlessly stubborn and intent on bringing down other people. Actually, I’m fairly surprised that gluttony didn’t make it higher up on the list of Top Female Sins. You know how us ladies love the chocolate, after all.