Pope Francis has said that the pleasures of a well-cooked meal or loving sexual intercourse are ‘divine’ in a newly-published book of interviews.
‘Pleasure arrives directly from God, it is neither Catholic, nor Christian, nor anything else, it is simply divine,’ the Pope told Italian writer Carlo Petrini.
He said there was no place for an ‘overzealous morality’ that denies pleasure, something which he admitted had existed in the church in the past.
The 83-year-old, born in Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina, insisted that this was ‘a wrong interpretation of the Christian message’ according to RTÉ.
‘The Church has condemned inhuman, brutish, vulgar pleasure, but has on the other hand always accepted human, simple, moral pleasure,’ he said.