This week, L’Osservatore Romano highlighted a study, just in time for Lent, on the sinful tendencies of the sexes. The report, according to the BBC, was based on a study of confessions carried out by Roberto Busa, S.J., a 95-year-old Jesuit scholar. The Pope’s personal theologian agreed. "Men and women sin in different ways," said Msgr Wojciech Giertych in L’Osservatore. Giertych listed lust as the most common sin for men; for women, pride. So the study shows men and women sin differently.
Or do they? Not so fast, I say. Here’s my take, with Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Wait for the joke at the end!
James Martin, SJ