Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Catholic Bishops OK Traditional St. Patrick's Day Meal In Ocean, Monmouth

Catholic Bishops OK Traditional St. Patrick's Day Meal In Ocean, Monmouth

But good news! The church has given "Dispensation" for Saint Patrick's Day, allowing Catholics to eat meat this Friday.

"I was happy to do it and, frankly, I was very impressed that people said they would like to have this dispensation as it indicates that they are taking Lent and the Lenten season seriously", he said.

I found it hard to understand what point Anne Harter was trying to make in her letter "Bishops keep St. Patrick's Day profitable for parishes" (March 7). 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. 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.

If you are feeling conflicted about the urge to celebrate St.

The bishop said those who do participate in the dispensation are encouraged to do penance, a work of charity, or an exercise of piety. "Instead, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago who choose to make use of this general dispensation are asked to substitute another form of penance for the Lenten Friday abstinence". But during this time of Lent, many Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays posing a culinary conundrum this St. Patrick's Day. Bishop Joseph Bambera has issued a dispensation for all the faithful in the 11-county Diocese of Scranton. "Fish on Friday, even this Friday, is certainly not a bad thing".

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