Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Turning restaurants round.

If Gordon Ramsey were a Catholic and didn't swear, can you imagine the impact that he would have on the Church and on parishes! Instead of turning failing restaurants round he could employ the same incisive methods to putting parishes back on course. "Put customers before your own ego!" he told one restaurateur in a recent TV program. "Put Christ before your own ego!" would be a great piece of advice for parish life. But actually, if you analyse the way in which he renews failing restaurants, you see great potential in his method for renewing parishes. If only he were a Catholic (and didn't swear). The lengths he sometimes has go to in dealing with restaurant staff says much about the stubbornness of the English, and his forthright approach achieves results where a softly, softly attitude would fail. Is there a Gordon Ramsey in the Church in this country? Fr Richard

2 comments:

Matt Doyle said...

Do you mean the firm words of "anathema sit..."?? I suggest offering the Tridentine Mass in any failing parish. People will journey far and wide for the rich cultural, spiritual and prayerful presentation of the immemorial mass. I don't know what Gordan Ramsey would say to that though...

Fr Julian Green said...

The Abbot of Pluscarden?!?!