Bishop Morlino: Catholics can eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day

Holiday falls on a Lenten Friday
Bishop Morlino: Catholics can eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day

Catholics who plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year will be able to eat meat despite the holiday falling on a Friday during Lent, officials from the Catholic Diocese of Madison said.

The Diocese’s official newspaper, the Catholic Herald, reports that Bishop Robert Morlino issued a “rescript granting dispensation” allowing Catholics who live in or plan to be in the Madison area to consume meat despite a usual requirement that they abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent.

In the order , Morlino said he wants to “foster a joyful and reverent devotion to that great saint and, moreover, to honor the patrimony of the Irish people to whom he first preached the good news of salvation.” Instead of giving up meat that day, Morlino said people should perform an act of charity or penance.

Bishops across the state issued similar orders, the Herald reports. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is March 1.

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