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Battle of the Sinning Sexes: Church Says Sexes Sin Differently

A new report, based on confessions, carried out by 95-year-old Catholic priest and scholar Roberto Busa, reveals that men and women sin in different ways. Apparently, there is no sexual equality when it comes to sin.

From the report:

Top Female Sins

  1. Pride
  2. Envy
  3. Anger

Top Male Sins

  1. Lust
  2. Gluttony (over indulgence of food)
  3. Sloth (laziness)

The male leadership of the Catholic Church doesn't quite lead the charge on gender equality. Do you think the Church has separated the sexes based on sin to further the message that men and women are are qualitatively different, or does the report simply offer insightful information?


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Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
I like to think I was a practicing Catholic at one time. Despite all that practice, I never could get it down right. ;-)
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Pardon me, be practicing Catholic.
stephley stephley 8 years
That's what they teach at my daughter's school Kim, and that's what I learned light years ago.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Before you leave the confessional you are absolved of your sins. You walk out of there forgiven, yes there is penance to be done, but you walk out of the confessional forgiven.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Dave, even without the indulgence you walk out forgiven. That's the point of confession. Umm, confession itself doesn't wipe the slate clean. Penance is the more important part, not the actual confession of the sins.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Grandpa I haven't forgotten anything tyvm. I am fully aware of how confession works. As far as the Church is concerned, Purgatory is for anyone whether you've been to confession or not - not matter how small or big your sins are. I did lilKim, ty :-)
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
lilkimbo, I cross posted you.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Again, using an analogy, take life as a great swamp you must cross. There are a number of paths you can choose to get there, They all will eventually get you there, but some paths may be harder the others, or a particular path is one you know the most about, so you take it for comfort of knowing what is ahead. You can stray from that path, and still get through that swamp alone, but it is harder and more dangerous. The plenary indulgence might be like a part of the path is paved for you. Just because it is paved, does not mean that bad weather could not have washed it on you. I can help you along the path; I can not control the weather.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I understand it very well; I've been Catholic my whole life. I was just making sure I was reading Kim's comment correctly but I thought she did say forgiven.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
I guess the analogy, would be I forgive you for burning down my house, but you will still have to pay a price for doing it. The judge takes into account the seriousness of your "contrition" (using the term as used in dictionary, not the sacrament itself), in setting your sentence. Let us say, taking an extreme example, I kill someone. The sentence proscribed is death by electric chair”. The judge can take into account the state of your mind then and the state of your mind now. Depending how truly contrite you are, you may not even get “life without parole”. You will though get some sentence, 50 years, 30 years. 20-25 years. The plenary indulgence is like a presidential pardon; however it will be God, not the Pope, who has the final say. The Pope can send his lists up there saying those on the list deserve a full pardon, but it is God, who makes that decision, by going into the heart and mind of the transgressor.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I thought Kim did say forgiven? :?
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Kim, a better way to say it is forgiven not forgotten, you are forgetting purgatory. There is still an unpaid price due for those sins. The purpose of that plenary indulgence is to wipe the slate clean as to paying that price.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
UNDave, no you can't. If you go up to the beginning of the post I explain what is the churc's position as to what is required for an indulgence
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Dave, even without the indulgence you walk out forgiven. That's the point of confession.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I have a question. Does this really matter now that you can get indulgences? Can't I just go into confessional, slip an indulgence under the screen, and walk out forgiven?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Additionally, one person might confess her jealousy of her friend's perfect hair as a sin, while another might think it's just human nature.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
You generally don't actually confess to a specific "deadly sin" in confession, though. You confess to your sin. So, like haus said, a woman could go in and say something and a man could say something similar, but the priest might see it as sinful in the man but not in the woman.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
I am thinking (guessing) that the good priest was talking about older then grade school men and women. I was in grade school when I learned the 7 deadly sins, along with the 8 beatitudes, the 7 virtues,
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
Wow sexist much? Got to love the stereotypes at work here.
stephley stephley 8 years
Children are taught to figure out which of the commandments they broke, not which of the seven deadly sins they exhibited.
MSucre MSucre 8 years
I think this is wrong. But also, inaccurate and totally unscientific. The "sins" are self-reported, so maybe women are lustful but just don't feel bad about it and vice versa.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I always thought you committed the sins, and went in to brag about it.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I thought they go in and confess their sins and then then get to elaborate and ultimately the priest tells them which one it is?? :shrug: I'm a terrible Catholic.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
It's too bad I do not have 7 fingers on one hand, I also left out sloth
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Oops I left out pride
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