It seems hell has different ways of punishing men and women sinners,for a study claims that men are most likely to commit lustful misdeeds while women are beholden to conceit.
According to the study,approved by the Vatican City,men are the ones whose souls end up being pelted with fire and brimstone while the womens souls are likely to be broken on a wheel in hell.
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 Vaticans LOsservatore Romano.
Pride ranks at number five 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,on the other hand,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 was quoted by The Times as saying.
His own observations confirmed the survey,an analysis of confessional data carried out by Roberto Busa,a Jesuit priest celebrated for his computerised study of the works of St Thomas Aquinas.
Diverse cultural contexts generate diverse habits but human nature remains the same, he said.