Bishop grants special dispensation for St. Patrick's Day
Mar 17 2017
The diocese's cathedral in Harrisburg is named for St. Patrick.
However, since Saint Patrick's Day lands on a Friday this year, some Catholic leaders are ruling in favor of this dispensation so that Catholics can celebrate the green holiday with a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage. That year, about half of the country's Roman Catholic dioceses granted some form of dispensation.
Catholics are expected to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during the somber and penitent Lenten season.
Schlert said he is acting under a provision of canon, or church law, which gives diocesan officials the authority to grant the faithful dispensations from church disciplines. "Those who choose to accept this dispensation are strongly encouraged to make another act of penance or charity that day", Muench said in a statement.
The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is allowing its faithful followers to eat meat this Friday during Lent. No provision is made for a "conditional" or "do it if you insist" dispensation such as Bishop Braxton has promulgated. ". Those who choose to eat meat to celebrate St. Patrick do neither wrong nor harm thereby, provided that they observe the discipline of abstinence from meat on another day of the same week".
As for Pates, he may venture out for a Friday-evening fry, but his lunch menu is already set.
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