Different Sins for Different Sexes

Men and women struggle with different sins, according to research carried out by Roberto Busa, SJ, a Jesuit scholar.  Fr. Busa studied the sins men and women confess and found striking differences in the frequency of sins.  His list:

Men1. Lust 2. Gluttony 3. Sloth

4. Anger 5. Pride 6. Envy 7. Greed

Women1. Pride 2. Envy 3. Anger 4. Lust

5. Gluttony 6. Avarice 7. Sloth

Fr. Jim Martin at America magazine had a wry commentary on these findings on NPR (and tells a pretty good “man goes into a confessional” joke).

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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