On Wednesday TerraFutura was released, a new book featuring a collection of “conversations with Pope Francis on integral ecology” with Carlo Petrini.

Petrini is the founder of the “global ‘Slow Food’ movement, which was established in the 1980s to safeguard regional traditions in the face of a spiraling ‘fast food’ consumeristic cultural and economic trend. It has since evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food and lifestyle that recognizes the strong connection between behavior, food production and consumption, economics and the planet.”

In an excerpt released from the book, Pope Francis condemned the “overzealous morality” that denies pleasure that has “caused enormous harm, which can still be felt strongly today in some cases,” what he calls the “wrong interpretation of the Christian message.”

“The Church has condemned inhuman, brutish, vulgar pleasure, but has on the other hand always accepted human, simple, moral pleasure.”

Pope Francis added that “pleasure arrives directly from God, it is neither Catholic, nor Christian, nor anything else, it is simply divine,” saying that even the “pleasure of eating and sexual pleasure come from God.”

“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.” 


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