Pope Francis called the pleasure of eating and having sex coming directly from God. At the same time, the Pope acknowledged that these feelings in human history were often unfairly “the victim of excessive zeal on the part of the church.
As the American magazine Newsweek writes, the head of the Catholic Church said this to Italian publicist Carlo Petrini.
Petrini, 71, the initiator of the Slow Food movement, talked to the Pope between May 2018 and July 2020 on a series of topics for his book “Terra Futura: Conversations with Pope Francis on integrated ecology.
At that time, the Pope said that these pleasures “come directly from God, they are not Catholic, Christian at all or anything else, they are just divine.
“The Church condemns rude, animal, vulgar pleasure, but has always taken human, simple and moral pleasure,” Francis specified.
In the past, the church had an excessively zealous desire for morality, denying pleasure, but it was a misinterpretation of Christian morality, he said.
“The pleasure of eating is necessary for you to eat and maintain your own health, just as the pleasure of sex is necessary for love to become even more beautiful and to ensure the continuation of the family,” – said Francis.
Opposing approaches have already brought huge harm, which is sometimes felt until now, he continued.
The Danish 1987 film “Babette’s Feast”, based on the novel by Karen Blixen, according to the pontiff, best illustrates his understanding of pleasure. He called this film a hymn to Christian generosity and love. In the painting, chef Babette, who fled Paris, treats a community of protestants with a luxurious feast.
Carlo Petrini is a writer and activist, founder, and permanent leader of the Slow Food movement to study and develop food culture. Petrini’s book Terra Futura was published on September 9. Francis talked to the writer about consumer culture, ecology, global warming, social injustice.
Dialogues between Petrini and Francis are 67 pages of the book, the rest are the author’s thoughts on various topics, from biodiversity to education.