From a reader:
The folks at Rorate Caeli have posted that Pius XII granted an indult
for Americans to eat meat on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Is this
indult still in effect?
I don’t know. Probably not. Also, it doesn’t make any difference if in the 40’s or 50’s Pius XII gave some sort of dispensation.
Under the present law of the Church Catholics can substitute other forms of penance in place of abstaining from eating flesh.
Keep in mind also that no one is required to eat meat the day after Thanksgiving just because there are a lot of left-overs. Most people have pretty good refrigerators these days. Many Americans had them in the time of Pius XII, too.
If from piety you do not want to eat meat on Friday, then don’t.
If you are considering how to observe Friday as a day of penance but want to use those left-overs – perhaps you have a lot of guests to feed and it would not be good for your budget to provide other things – consider doing something other than avoiding meat during meals.
- Cut back on the amount you eat.
- Give alms.
- Don’t shop.
- Don’t turn on the radio, TV, computer.
- Don’t text or use your mobile.
- Don’t listen to music.
- Pick something by which you can gain an indulgence.
- Figure out some other sacrifice of your time for the sake of others.
That said, I am curious to see that document, if it exists. Anyone have concrete information? Perhaps we can find it in the AAS.