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Catholics allowed to eat meat on St. Patrick's Day this Friday

Catholics allowed to eat meat on St. Patrick's Day this Friday

The effect of the dispensation grudgingly granted by His Excellency is to make those of us who eat meat on St. Patrick's Day feel guilty.

Dispensation is an exemption from a specific Canon Law. 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.

"It has been noted, however, that Friday of the second week of Lent this year corresponds with St. Patrick's Day (March 17), which has traditionally been an occasion for joy-filled celebrations in this Archdiocese", according to a February 22 letter from Chancellor Susan Mulheron to church members and clergy.

St.Patrick's Day is traditionally marked by eating foods that Catholics are not allowed to eat on Fridays Lent, like the Irish American holiday favorite corn beef.

In many cases, bishops have requested that Catholics offer up some alternative penance or perform a special act of charity in lieu of their abstinence from meat.

You might not see any bishops preparing and serving meals in soup kitchens because they are few and have many duties.

The dispensation "is not meant to lessen the faithful's obligation to abstain from meat on the other Fridays of Lent", Schlert said.

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.

"St. Patrick's Day, March 17, falls on a Friday this year".

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