Could Eating Pasta Help Heal Divisions Among Catholics?

Could eating pasta heal some of the divisions among Catholics? John Allen Jr. thinks so.

Allen, the editor of the Catholic news site Crux and a veteran Vatican journalist, suggests the classic Roman dish of deliciousness, bucatini all’amatriciana – made with pork, tomato sauce and pecorino cheese.

“It’s well known that Catholicism today, like virtually every other sphere of society, suffers from deep internal divisions and animosities, all of which are exacerbated by a social media culture that discourages graciousness and rewards snark,” he writes.

“In my experience, part of what gives so many people license to demean one another in public is that they don’t know one another in private,” he says.

He proposes something he calls Allen’s Rule: “No two Catholics who’ve ever shared a plate of bucatini all’amatriciana have ever posted nasty messages about one another on Twitter.”

Read the whole mouth-watering article in Crux here.


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