A dispensation for abstaining from meat on St. Patrick's Day
He gave his blessing, by way of a special dispensation, for Catholics to eat meat this Friday as long as they skip it some other day or do a special act of penance.
Schlert is granting the dispensation in view of the traditionally festive celebrations that occur on St. Patrick's Day, which falls on a Friday this year.
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"There are very few days in the Church year for penitential abstinence from meat as a sacrifice", Bishop David O'Connell said in a message on the website of the Diocese of Trenton, which oversees the Catholic churches in Monmouth and Ocean counties. That year, about half of the country's Roman Catholic dioceses granted some form of dispensation. The diocese's cathedral in Harrisburg is named for St. Patrick. Unlike the dispensation offered in the metro - which comes with "absolutely no strings attached", Pates said - the bishops in Sioux City and Davenport granted "commutations", meaning Catholics in those areas should choose a different day to forgo fowl and their land-roaming friends.
If you are feeling conflicted about the urge to celebrate St. He asking people that do eat meat that day to engage in some other comparable act of penance.
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During a homily Cupich delivered March 11 at a St. Patrick's Day mass, he reminded Chicago Catholics that it was once the Irish who were once "objects of suspicion due to their different faith and ways".
While parishioners are welcome to have a meat extravaganza Friday, Pates did encourage Des Moines Catholics to visit their local fish fries if they are so inclined.
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Catholics are supposed to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
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