Pleasures of food and sex are ‘simply divine’: Pope Francis

Pleasures of food and sex are 'simply divine': Pope Francis

The pleasures of a well-cooked meal or loving sexual intercourse are “simply divine” and there is no place for an “overzealous morality” that denies pleasure, Pope Francis said in a book of interviews published Wednesday.

“Pleasure arrives directly from God, it is neither Catholic, nor Christian, nor anything else, it is simply divine,” Francis told Italian writer and gourmet Carlo Petrini.

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

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