McDonald’s Opens a Store in a Vatican-Owned Building

Most of us know the story of the Golden Calf, but … the Golden Arches? As the New York Times reports, McDonald’s opened a store just outside Vatican City, within sight of St. Peter’s Square, just before 2017. As you can imagine, some aren’t thrilled.

The company was met with strong and immediate criticism when it announced in October its plans for the restaurant in the centuries-old, Vatican-owned building, which sits at the corner of Borgo Pio and Via del Mascherino. Residents of the Roman district were outraged, as were several members of the church.

In an October interview with La Repubblica, Cardinal Elio Sgreccia said the restaurant’s appearance in the city would be “a disgrace.” Sgreccia said the store was “not at all respectful of the architectural and urban traditions of one of the most characteristic squares overlooking the colonnade of St. Peter.”

Moreover, Sgreccia, obviously not a fan of the McRib, said the restaurant serves food that “does not offer guarantees for the health of the consumer, foods I would never eat.”

McDonald’s rent on the space is about 30,000 euros – $31,375.50 – per month.

Mickey D’s won’t stay the new kid on the block for long; the Vatican also approved the opening of a Hard Rock Cafe on Via della Conciliazione, a main boulevard leading to the iconic square.

What do you think?

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