McDonalds has opened a restaurant within eyeshot of St. Peters Square, and a cardinal has called it a disgrace that serves food I would never eat. A committee of local residents thinks it clashes with the architecture and traditions of the area.
The Vatican owns the building, and will collect $30,000 in rent every month from McDonalds, which further complicates the issue.
Ill admit that when I visited Berlins Brandenburg Gate in Berlin for the first time a few months ago, I was surprised to see a Starbucks nearby. Even though there was nothing flashy about the signage or lights, it stood out among the dull flat concrete walls of Cold War-era Allied embassies.
But it was also packed with tourists.
The McDonalds near St. Peters fits in even better its signage is reduced to demure gold letters set above seemingly unchanged doorways into an old building and the area around it is filled with far gaudier restaurants and souvenir shops.
Check it out on Google Maps (the McDonalds is set into the building on the right, though the image doesnt show it).
Im no theologian, but I dont think burgers are mentioned in the Churchs teachings, and the bread in the Lords Prayer is a metaphor, not a bun covered in sesame seeds. Vendors hawking crap like I visited the Vatican and all I got was this lousy T-shirt look respectable when compared to the Churchs medieval retail history…
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