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The Vatican has discovered another way that we are different

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Tridentine Mass, or Roman Rite Mass of the Catholic Church celebrated in Latin, is seeing a revival since a decree to loosen the rules. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times)

Feminists have long lectured us that all of the differences between men and women are “socially constructed,” except of course for anatomical plumbing. Now comes the Vatican with more evidence that men and women are fundamentally different – they sin in divergent ways.

Drawing on data from what sins were confessed during the Roman Catholic sacrament of confession, Monsignor Wojciech Giertych, the personal theologian to Pope Benedict XVI, and Jesuit scholar Roberto Busa found that men and women sin in starkly different ways. Their work recently appeared in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

While the names of sinners and confessors were kept from the two researchers, each priest did categorize each sin confessed as one of the seven deadly sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, anger (or wrath), envy, and pride. The researchers found that the most common sin for women is pride, followed by envy. After that the most dangerous sins for women were, in order, anger, lust, gluttony, avarice, and sloth.

For men the leading sins were lust and gluttony. After those, the most difficult sins for men to face, according to Monsignor Giertych, were sloth, anger, pride, envy and greed in that order.

One of the building blocks of the family is a recognition of (even a celebration of) the differences between men and women. This is the central fact that feminists, all too often at war with the traditional family, would like us to forget. In that sense, this Vatican report is helpful.

But the report worries us as well. Anti-social behavior, which is mostly coterminous with the concept of sin, is on the rise. One reason that it is climbing is that we Americans, as Pope Benedict observed, “are losing the notion of sin.” We are forgetting that certain behaviors have always been banned by all peoples in all times and in all places – and for good reasons. If more Americans committed to keeping their lives inside the guardrails, we would see fewer wrecked lives.

  1. JJ Shag
    March 15, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I don’t put alot of stock in information put out by a bunch of celibate gay men on the differences between men and women. Men are way more greedy than women, for example, yet it was put as their least likely sin. Plus, men are definitely more antisocial in their behavior, so they are going to lie about their sins more anyway, including bragging about sex that they never even had, which is why lust comes first. Finally do you want to take any cues from an organization that covered up one of the sworst child sexual abuse scandal in history??

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