Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Bishop OKs meat on Friday during Lent... just this once

Bishop OKs meat on Friday during Lent... just this once

Bishops elsewhere have lifted the no-meat mandate when the holiday has fallen on a Friday, especially in dioceses such as Boston that are home to large populations of Catholics of Irish descent. But leadership in all three of the Roman Catholic dioceses that cover the state have lifted that rule for one day so their members can celebrate the Ireland apostle's holiday.

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"Given the number of Catholics in the Diocese of Baton Rouge who annually celebrate St. Patrick's Feast Day (March 17), which this year falls on a Friday, a dispensation from the Friday Lenten abstinence from meat is hereby granted".

Pates said Thursday he offered the dispensation after a number of parishioners inquired as to whether they would be able to indulge in meaty stews and other fleshy fare on St.

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Canon law recognizes the authority of a bishop to dispense the faithful (or to relax a merely ecclesiastical law) from observance whenever he judges that such relaxation contributes to their spiritual good. He asking people that do eat meat that day to engage in some other comparable act of penance.

Catholics are supposed to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

In the memo, Bishop Armando Ochoa encouraged quote "the faithful to exercise moderation and temperance" when honoring St. Patrick and the Lenten journey.

Don't worry, local Catholics.

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