Thursday, February 19, 2009

Are Women The Deadliest Sinners?

It's a good thing Dominican Father Wojciech Giertych is a priest. Otherwise he'd be in the dog house.

As reported by Catholic News Service, the theologian of the Papal Household has penned an article in L'Osservatore Romano arguing that men and women are tempted by sin differently:

"Often the most difficult (sin) men face is lust, and then comes gluttony, sloth, wrath, pride, envy, and greed," wrote Father Giertych.

"For women, the most dangerous is pride, followed by envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and lastly, sloth," he said.

As for lust being the most difficult for men and sloth the least difficult for women, I think he's on the mark for a wide swath of humanity. In fact, men's lust and women's lack of sloth makes for much tension between the sexes.

As for the rest of it, I'm not so sure. I suspect it may have more to do with which sins are more often confessed or talked about by the respective sexes than anything else - which itself implies a difference. Does greed really come dead last for men? Or do men more often not recognize their greed?

But women certainly get the bad rap here. If I remember my vices right, lust was one of the least of the still deadly sins and pride the worst. I suspect there is some nuance in Fr. Giertych's article that hasn't been conveyed by the few sentences so far translated into English.

Any thoughts?