Vive le Gourmand. (Catholic tastes).
A group French chefs, food writers, and other bon vivants has petitioned the pope to remove "la gourmandise" from the list of the Seven Deadly Sins. According to the Tablet (lan. 18, 2003), members of the Association for the Gourmand argue that the word has no sinful connotations. They want it replaced by "la gloutonnerie," which is far closer to the English term gluttony and would be a better choice to describe the sin.
The association is taking up a campaign begun several years ago by France's best-known baker, Lionel Poilane, who died last year in a helicopter crash. He had planned to lead a delegation to the Vatican to ask for the reclassification of the sin.