Opinions are like cooking shows – everybody has one.
I was clicking through the early morning infomercials in those TV channels above 100 today and came across this cooking show featuring two overweight Italian-American priests making some kind of traditional dish from the old country.
They’re making that peasant salad where you throw in chunks of stale bread, so mostly they’re just chopping vegetables and casually chatting about the Vatican and the historically important churches in Rome. A little bit about foot kissing as well but I was busy marveling at that repurposed “believe” sign to catch whose feet were being kissed. It’s on the same network that still plays reruns of Mother Angelica and gives over random half-hours to saying the rosary.
When you think about it, the concept is brilliant.
Maybe that’s how to get Catholics back into the churches – give them all a sharp knife and a task to perform that contributes something good to eat1.
1Probably won’t work. Once I was at a planning meeting for a church festival2 and I was sitting around with a table full of lady planners. Out of the church kitchen came an older woman carrying a huge commercial-sized baking pan full of roasted garlic3 and plunked it down in the middle of the table. “Don’t just sit there,” she said, “grab a knife and peel while you talk.4” Nobody moved.
2Melkite church; Eastern rite.
3 for the stuffed grape leaves and hummus
4I don’t think so, Grandma.