Men traditionally initiated every sexual encounter and they typically rushed into orgasm so quickly that they had little care that their partner was left behind and felt incomplete. Many men even thought of their women as frigid and incapable of sexual ecstasy. It was a reversal of things, when Francis Patrick Kenrick, Bishop of Baltimore (the primal see in the United States) wrote in his seminary textbook, Theologiae Moralis (1843) “that a married woman had the right to bring herself to orgasm ‘by touches’ after intercourse if she had experienced no climax during lovemaking.” Kernick also wrote “that a husband who did not remain sexually active until his wife reached orgasm was guilty of a venial sin of omission.” Such reflections indicate that Bishop Kenrick had learned much in listening attentively to the sexual problems of women. This sort of guidance drafted for the training of seminarians further indicated that these issues allowed the confessor to change the attitudes of the men who came to them in the confessional. (Peter Gardella, Innocent Ecstasy : How Christianity Gave America an Ethic of Sexual Pleasure [Oxford: University Press, 1985 ], p. 9).