Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sin in different ways

~from BBC
Women are prouder than men, but men are more lustful, according to a Vatican report which states that the two sexes sin differently.

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.
But in the end, it's all the same: sin. Confess it. Hear the absolution and do the penance.

1 comment:

Dan Hunter said...

As a man, and speking for myself I would have to disagree with Monsignor Giertych on his pattern.

I would put anger far, far ahead of the other sins listed for men.
That is just me, though.
I have to battle this monster daily.

I take great consolation in a powerful prayer that I recite daily which is part of the Office of Prime:
"Now that the sun has risen, let us as suppliants ask of God that in todays acts He preseve us from all that may hurt us.

May He check and restrain our toungue so that it be not an instrument of strife. May He screen and protect our eyes so that they do not drink in vanities.

May our inmost soul be pure and the folly of impurity find in us no place; may moderation in food and drink wear down the bodies pride.

So that when day has gone, and night, as God planned, has returned, we may be found free from sin through our self restraint and thus sing praise to Him.

To God the Father be glory, and to His only Son, with the Spirit, the Paraclete, now and forever. Amen."