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Well, the Vatican says we are. According to a study approved by the holy see, when it comes to the sexes, both are guilty of excessive sinning. However, the main difference is that men are too fixated on sex, and women have overwhelming pride – two things that are apparently a no-no in the Vatican’s book.

Says the UK’s Times Online,

Sex discrimination is destined to continue in the scorching fires of Hell, according to a study approved by the Vatican which suggests that men are most likely to commit lustful sins whereas women are beholden to pride.

The men, it seems, are the ones whose souls end up being pelted with fire and brimstone, while the women’s souls are more likely to be broken on a wheel.

Monsignor Wojciech Giertych, personal theologian to Pope Benedict XVI and the papal household, said there was “no sexual equality” when it came to sin. “Men and women sin in different ways,” he wrote in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.

Pride ranks only at No 5 for men, who are likely to have indulged in so much lust and gluttony that they are too slothful to feel angry, proud, envious or avaricious. Women are not averse to lust, but are primarily occupied with pride, envy and anger. Sloth does not set in until after gluttony and avarice.

“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,” Monsignor Giertych said. His own observations had confirmed the survey, an analysis of confessional data carried out by Roberto Busa, 96, a Jesuit priest celebrated for his computerised study of the works of St Thomas Aquinas.

He said: “Diverse cultural contexts generate diverse habits – but human nature remains the same.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t see much of a problem with this. Does this mean I’m going to hell, or that the Vatican could find more things to make a big deal out of? You tell me.

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