Bishops: You can eat corned beef on St. Patrick's Day. Catholics: Hooray!

17 March, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Lorena Waters
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About once every decade or so, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday during Lent, as it does in 2017.

Bishop Thomas Daly is making the exception for Spokane Catholics so they can partake in eating corned beef on Friday for St. Patrick's Day. It's called a dispensation and not all dioceses grant them.

"As of March 9, more than 80 of the United States' 195 Catholic dioceses granted some form of dispensation on St. Patrick's Day, according to the Catholic News Agency", Nola.com reported.

Several archdioceses are granting a special dispensation for Saint Patrick's Day, which will allow Catholics in their dioceses to eat meat in order to celebrate the holiday.

Cardinal Blase Cupich is giving Catholics a dispensation on St. Patrick's Day to eat corned beef. Ecclesiastical law is essentially set up by the Church hierarchy, and thus can be "dispensed" under certain circumstances. "Over time, the celebration has evolved, obviously, but this is a holiday that manifests both spiritual and cultural heritage and I think that is worth celebrating in whatever way you want to celebrate".

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In the memo, Bishop Armando Ochoa encouraged quote "the faithful to exercise moderation and temperance" when honoring St. Patrick and the Lenten journey.

Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence for Catholic Americans.

Don't worry, local Catholics.

"Many of our churches will still be running their fish fries and that is a great way to celebrate, too", he said.

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