10 Hail Marys to go

McDonald’s is a den of iniquity and burgers, Satan’s handiwork, according to an Italian theologian. In a newspaper published by Italy’s Catholic bishops, Massimo Salani wrote that eating burgers and fries reflects an “individualistic relationship between man and God which goes back to (Martin) Luther.”

The Toronto Star
March 18, 2000

10 Hail Marys to go

McDonald’s is a den of iniquity and burgers, Satan’s handiwork, according to an Italian theologian. In a newspaper published by Italy’s Catholic bishops, Massimo Salani wrote that eating burgers and fries reflects an “individualistic relationship between man and God which goes back to (Martin) Luther.”

Branding it anti-social and “un-Catholic,” Salani said the burger “lacked the community spirit of sharing” so important to Christianity. He called the hamburger the “complete negation of the holiness of food,” since fast food was sought to “satisfy hunger as quickly as possible, in order to dedicate one’s time to other things.”

Edmonton priest John Bonelli disagreed, saying there’s nothing wrong with eating at fast food restaurants. But he says families should strive to eat together. “When we go to the toilet it’s a private thing, but eating is different,” Bonelli said. “It’s a social thing.”

We’re so glad he drew that distinction to our attention.


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