Pope Francis says the pleasures of food and sex are 'simply divine'
- Pope Francis, the religious leader of 1.3 billion Catholics across the world, said the pleasure of sex and eating is "simply divine."
- In a conversation published in a new book of interviews with the pope by writer Carlo Petrini, Francis says the "overzealous morality" of the church has caused harm.
- "The pleasure of eating is there to keep you healthy by eating, just like sexual pleasure is there to make love more beautiful and guarantee the perpetuation of the species," Francis said.
- For more articles, go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.
Pope Francis called the pleasures of eating food and having sex "simply divine" in a book of interviews between Francis and writer Carlo Petrini.
"The Church has condemned inhuman, brutish, vulgar pleasure, but has on the other hand always accepted human, simple, moral pleasure."
Francis called sex and the joy of eating a well-cooked meal victims of the church's "overzealousness morality" in the past, which he sees as "a wrong interpretation of the Christian message."
"The pleasure of eating is there to keep you healthy by eating, just like sexual pleasure is there to make love more beautiful and guarantee the perpetuation of the species," Francis said.
The views in the past that have condemned all sex and pleasure "have caused enormous harm, which can still be felt strongly today," according to Francis.
Francis, who's 83 years-old and was born in Argentina, likened his connection of pleasure to divinity to a 1987 Danish Film, "Babette's Feast," which is about a poor village in the Danish countryside brought together in faith and community by an extravagant French meal cooked by a member of the congregation.
"The pleasure of eating and sexual pleasure come from God," Francis said.
Receive a daily update on your cellphone with all our latest news: click here.
Get the best of our site emailed to you daily: click here.
Also from Business Insider South Africa:
- Children aged 2 to 5 ‘must be encouraged’ to wear masks, new SA rules say. The WHO disagrees.
- Two South African wines receive a rare perfect score from a top UK critic
- AstraZeneca says its Covid-19 vaccine could still be available this year, after it paused trial
- Lamborghini will now sell a fancy new R300,000 bicycle
- Double billing glitch: Nedbank took money twice from Capitec clients