Different sins for the ladies?
by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
This is really amusing. The Vatican just released a study that claims that there is "no sexual equality" when it comes to sin. The downfall of men is (surprise!) lust, while women are likely to be toppled by the sin of pride. But what if I am proud of my lust? No cigar! Monsignor Wojciech Giertych, personal theologian to Pope Benedict XVI and the papal household, told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano: "Men and women sin in different ways. 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."
My puzzlement continued as I read that the survey is based on "confessional data" (can someone please explain to me what that means? Because my assumption is that now the confession booth has been turned into pseudo-science). Apparently, in the same survey, the Vatican was informed that 30 per cent of Catholics no longer considered confession to a priest necessary, and 10 per cent even said that it "impeded their personal dialogue with God." If it's going to go into a sexist, fake-scientific study, damn straight it's going to impede my personal dialogue with God! But seriously - why do sins have to be gendered now? If I want to live in the sin city of my choosing, then surely the fact that I'm a woman shouldn't stop me. But then again, to quote Sarah Haskins, I am just a lady, with a simple lady mind - which is apparently eaten up with the sin of pride.