The old definition of being a Catholic is that one feels guilty.
Italian men are in joint pole position with their French cousins, with 55 per cent of males from both countries saying that they have had sexual relations with a woman other than the person they were in a relationship with.
British men scored far lower, but were shown to be no angels, with 42 per cent of them saying they had had an affair, according to the survey of nearly 5,000 people in six countries.
Sure, it’s a survey by a married dating site. And the results seem to show that the Catholic countries have more straying than the Protestant. The usual reasoning given here is that in the Catholic countries there’s less divorce but much the same amount of shagging about. It just gets expressed differently: serial monogamy in Protestant countries and affairs in Catholic.
About half of British respondents who admitted infidelity said they regretted it, while only 28 per cent of French did.
This shows the opposite. That guilt thing: Britain is a much more Catholic country than France. We Recusants should obviously celebrate even thought this isn’t quite what Cardinal Hume was hoping for hen he prayed for the Conversion of England.