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Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Spokane Catholics given the ok to eat meat on St. Patty's Day

Spokane Catholics given the ok to eat meat on St. Patty's Day

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.

"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.

Gerard's says the Lent tradition is a way to honor Jesus for his sacrifice but, he says that because St. Patrick's Day is a big deal a dispensation is given.

Canon law recognizes the authority of a bishop to dispense the faithful (or to relax a merely ecclesiastical law) from observance whenever he judges that such relaxation contributes to their spiritual good. "During Lent, Catholics are expected to observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence to help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart", the Camden Diocese said.

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

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But he wants you to give up something else to make up for it.

"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.

During a homily Cupich delivered March 11 at a St. Patrick's Day mass, he reminded Chicago Catholics that it was once the Irish who were once "objects of suspicion due to their different faith and ways".

Don't worry, local Catholics. "Fish on Friday, even this Friday, is certainly not a bad thing".

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