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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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5. In defence

Like most writers operating in the world of food and beverages, I have my sources in the Vatican. A few weeks ago, two of them e-mailed me with a ‘heads-up’ warning on a terrifying pending announcement. In a panic I rushed to Italy, but my personal plea remained unheeded. A senior theologian of the Catholic Church issued a statement condemning the quick-service food industry. I quote the translated version of his historic epistle: ‘The sense of community is absent, fast food is not a model for Catholics.’

Now, I don’t want to get off on a Grumpy Old Men-style rant here. And I should declare, at the outset, that I am not religious in the normal sense. I am a Paranoid Agnostic, not believing in a God as such, but believing there ...

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