Whenever the time comes during a class session when students are too tired to pay attention, I always tell them something curious to wake them up. This week I asked them the following question that I now want to offer to my readers. If nobody guesses the answer, I'll reveal it a little later.
In the XVIth and XVIIth centuries in Spain, the Catholic Church created very detailed manuals that were aimed at helping priests to conduct confession. All kinds of questions are listed in those manuals that are supposed to help the priests to guide their parishioners in revealing the sins they have committed. There are also lists of sexual sins ordered according to the degree of their gravity.
Now, the question is: what kind of a sexual activity was considered to be the gravest sexual sin by the priests of the XVIth and the XVIIth centuries?
The information was provided for me by a colleague who specializes in this area and has read many of these manuals for priests.