First, FSSP presence and now @ChickfilA has opened its first UK restaurant


Reading is going to be a magnet!

FSSP and Chick-fil-A! OORAH!

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  1. Julia_Augusta says:

    Can someone explain to me the Chick-Fil-A obsession among Catholics? I live in Japan.
    Isn’t eating fast food bad for your health? Shouldn’t we all avoid fast food?

    [Accidentally, perhaps, or maybe purposefully, you’ve framed this in terms of “obsession”. No. Firstly, the company – non-Catholic but Christian – openly upholds some important counter-cultural Christian values. Also, the service is unparalleled in “fast food” places and the food is good. You can get “healthy” choices, if you are really worried about that. I have tried them and they, too, are good. There’s nothing not to like. The only people who don’t like the chain are a certain type of Jesuit and their ideological bedfellows.]

  2. jaykay says:

    Reading, eh? That’s where Wilde was incarcerated, and afterwards composed the “Ballad of Reading Gaol”. And he was received into the Church on his deathbed… very likely as a result of his experience in said Gaol and humiliation in exile after, although he had been dallying with the Faith for many years previously:

    Still, may Chick-fil-A flourish in the British Isles. If ever it comes to the greenish-tinged one I’ll be a customer.

  3. PostCatholic says:

    My explanation is that Chik-fil-a’s founders have been vociferous and strident opponents to LGBTQ rights and dignity, and that aligns perfectly with traditionalist Catholic prejudices. I’m among those who, despite having positive experiences of the food and service at their restaurants, goes out of his way not to eat there.

  4. NB says:

    Father, were you trying to post this link about the FSSP?

    BTW, the pastor at St. Mary’s in Conshohocken, PA (Philadelphia) was previously pastor at St. Anne’s in San Diego for 10 years, so they picked a guy who knew what he is doing. They have FIVE Sunday Masses, with Confessions all throughout. Can you imagine?

    And Mater Dei in Irving (Dallas) is THE premier FSSP parish nationwide (even without Taylor Marshall haha)

  5. JonPatrick says:

    When PostCatholic refers to “Chik-fil-a’s founders have been vociferous and strident opponents to LGBTQ rights and dignity” what this means is that the founders have the nerve to speak in favor of marriage being between a man and a woman. We now live in a world where it is OK if indigenous people bury their children alive as we must respect their beliefs but is is not OK for Christians to believe in marriage being between a man and a woman as Jesus taught them 2000 years ago, even if they treat all same sex attracted people with the respect they are due as God’s children, as Chick-Fil-a does as company policy.

  6. Ms. M-S says:

    We aren’t (at least yet) faced with the option of burning incense or being burned at the stake, but there are these little daily direct or indirect opportunities to witness. Wear your medal outside your shirt, make the sign of the cross at an ambulance siren and when passing a church, wish the checkout clerk Happy Christmas, say grace before eating at a restaurant, and when possible opt for those businesses whose values more closely align with ours. We do, after all, have it on the best authority that whoever isn’t against us is with us. Does it make sense to support those who aren’t?

  7. Simon_GNR says:

    AAJD’s post above – For the “liberal” metropolitan elite who seem to run things in the UK, it’s a case of woe betide any business that does not toe the LGBT line in Britain today. To oppose the LGBT orthodoxy is to be guilty of “hate crime”. Most Catholic bishops in England seem to be too timid to put their heads above the parapet and oppose the LGBT nonsense with which the whole country is being brainwashed. It’s a pity they aren’t more like Our Lord Jesus Christ who held back nothing in his condemnations of the hypocrisy and cant of the Scribes and Pharisees.

  8. monstrance says:

    Post Catholic-
    There was a mass shooting at homosexual nightclub in Orlando a few years ago.
    The next day ( Sunday ), hundreds of mourners gathered near the spot.
    Chick-fil-a brought in free food for the crowds – even though they are not open on Sundays.

  9. ArthurH says:

    It would seem with the LGBT pressure leading to the closing of the Reading Chik fil A, the whole gay issue has turned 180 degrees around. As it is becoming in so much of our world: Black is white and white is black and one dares not contradict the change.

    Sick, very sick– a black-humor-irony that is sadly all too real.

  10. acardnal says:

    Julia_Augusta, Chick-fil-A offers grilled chicken breast and salads which are a healthy choices.

    Chick-fil-A’s menu is online.

  11. hilltop says:

    The Catholic beauty of Protestant Chik-Filet (and that Jolly Old England will very soon learn)is that, having tasted its scrumptiousness on any of the first 6 days of the week, one then desires it on the 7th day. And when one seeks Chik-Filet on the 7th day one finds a darkened storefront which is a “taste” not of fast and tasty food but of ancient and true scripture.
    Thank you Chik-Filet ! And will they fly the Stars and Stripes or the Union Jack on their tall flag pole in England?

  12. Gab says:

    AAJD, that’s sad news about Chick-Fil-A being driven out. Nothing to do with CFA but here’s some good news about a former Presbyterian church in north Belfast that has been bought by the Institute of Christ the King.

  13. Kukla65th says:

    One of the problems of discussing the very issues you brought up in your comment is that no matter what anyone or any institution says you will decide it’s about everything to do with people who identify as LGBTQ etc. rather than specific elements related to it and civil rights. Chick-fil-A is on the record stating that they believe traditional marriage has inherent meaning and merits, and in not believing in changing the definition of marriage they mean no aspersions on LGBT people. Having reasoned and immovable convictions about the meaning of an institution, irrespective of how disrespected that institution has become by many who are part of its traditional composition, doesn’t mean that institution is any less valid or real as it has been; it means people need to get more serious about what it is supposed to be. Too many on the LGBT side refuse to see the difference between believing in an unchangeable institution like marriage, which all kinds of people aren’t called to, and actually being anti people that identify as LGBT. Our bishops failed to make this obvious appeal before 2015 and people still allow nonsense claims of hatred to be hurled at Chuck-fil-A, bakers, florists, etc in the wake of Obergefell. Stop ignoring nuances in people’s beliefs and remember that even though you’re “post Catholic” you are indisputably loved and valued as a human being, according to the Catholic Church, which both defends marriage and values all because it does not let God’s people hide behind facades of labels and social identities. It’s time for people on the side of avant garde social issues to be held to same standard of being accountable for their generalizations about their opponents as those they purport to have outer as haters. May the Lord bless and forgive us and Our Lady keep us.

  14. ArthurH says:

    Kukla: I believe “love the sinner hate the sin” has been the norm… just about forever from the start. What has happened, however, is that LGBT…XYZ folks identify their BE-ing with their BEHAVE-ing. As a result they cannot accept that one can distinguish, without rancor, that act of their be-ing from their behave-ing/do-ing; that dis-ordered group of folks mostly insist, incorrectly, that the two are one and the same.

  15. Iconophilios says:

    I have no doubts to the tastiness of the food at Chick-fil-A, though it does not exist where I am from. Also, it is laudable that they are a counter-cultural presence in US life by honouring true marriage and Sunday. My only ambivalence is that, according to a South American seminarian friend of mine, they fund evangelical missions in South America that undermine the presence of the Catholic Church.
    Granted, if that’s the worst Chick-fil-A does, then they are still miles ahead of gay Starbucks or child-murdering Nestlé.

  16. Simon_GNR says:

    acardnal says:

    Julia_Augusta, Chick-fil-A offers grilled chicken breast…….

    Much as I might agree with Chick-fil-A’s proprietors’ views, I shall never go to one if I ever get the opportunity – in any case unlikely if its only branch in the UK is going to close soon. I’m not a big fan of chicken breast meat – the best part of a chicken to eat is the leg, with the thigh slightly preferable to the drumstick.

  17. The Cobbler says:

    I would have to waste a lot of time digging around to find it again, but I’ve seen Twitter threads full of self-identified homosexuals talking about how much they love Chick-Fil-A. If it was one or two accompanied by allusions to the owners’ other stances, I’d suspect sarcastic mockery of our “hate the sin, love the sinner;” as it is, I am given the impression from time to time that getting one’s knickers in a twist over such things is less common among actual homosexuals, furious and hypocritical though a few of them are (and morally harmful though their behavior is), than it is among self-appointed rescuers (“allies”).

    Recent goings-on at Stack Exchange have given me similar impressions, if anyone wants a more readily available point of comparison.

  18. SKAY says:

    I will just say that I have a real problem with bullies no matter who they are.
    Chick-fil-A serves everyone.

  19. RLseven says:

    Penzeys spices has been very vocal about their political views, as well. It’s won them some customers and lost some–and they’re fine with that, as I’m sure Chick-fil-A is. This keeps us on our toes to pay attention to where we’re doing our business, although it could be a full time job to find businesses that align with our values.

  20. Anne C. says:

    One of the reasons that I go to Chick-fil-A is the fact that they are closed on Sundays – AND the fact that they offer WW*-friendly foods! Their closed-on- Sundays policy also draws me to Hobby Lobby, who also stood up for Christians’ rights in the US (not being bullied into forcing employees to pay for abortions through insurance with Obamacare)…

    *formerly known as Weight Watchers

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