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Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Bishop: Catholics allowed to eat meat on St. Patrick's Day

Bishop: Catholics allowed to eat meat on St. Patrick's Day

The bishop of Belleville has granted a dispensation to all Catholics in the diocese, permitting us to eat meat on Friday, March 17, the feast of St. Patrick.

Bishop Donald Kettler has granted a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from eating meat, because the holiday falls on a Friday during Lent this year. It's called a dispensation and not all dioceses grant them. The diocese's cathedral in Harrisburg is named for St. Patrick. Given the many celebrations that occur on this day, The Lafayette Diocese has granted dispensation from abstinence from meat and meat products.

"The foundation of the occasion is to celebrate St. Patrick's good deeds and his bringing the gospel to Ireland", he said. Ecclesiastical law is essentially set up by the Church hierarchy, and thus can be "dispensed" under certain circumstances.

But he wants you to give up something else to make up for it. He asking people that do eat meat that day to engage in some other comparable act of penance. Bishop Joseph Bambera has issued a dispensation for all the faithful in the 11-county Diocese of Scranton.

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.

"During the penitential season of Lent, all Catholics are obliged to abstain from meat on Fridays", a statement posted on the diocesan website and sent to area media noted.

"Corned beef and cabbage!" he said.

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