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ASK FATHER: Dispensation for the 4th of July?

From a reader…
The Fourth of July is on a Friday this year. I’ve been told that there used to be a dispensation from the requirement to abstain from meat on a Friday 4th. Is that true?
It would be easy to … Continue reading

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Lent, Alligators and You – Revisited

Once again, someone wrote to ask me if it is okay to eat alligator on Friday during Lent.
Is this a put on? Is this a joke?
Of course it’s okay to eat alligator! And crocodile, if you have some.
A couple years … Continue reading

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How you would have observed Lent in 1873

For those of you who may think that Lent is a pretty tough time to be a Catholic, giving up chocolate and all year in and year out, this came to me email today.  This is what our forebears did … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Gelatin during Lent

Now that we are coming up on Lent, people are starting to think about what may be eaten on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays.  May I eat insects?  May I eat crocodile?  May I drink Mystic Monk Coffee?
Yes, and you … Continue reading

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TV station to broadcast Muslim call to prayer

From WND:
An announcement by a television station in the United Kingdom that it will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer daily during the month-long religious observation called Ramadan has sparked concerns by those who point out that the nation’s constitution … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Ember Days during Octave of Pentecost… penitential?

From a priest:
For those that follow the 1962 calendar or simply follow the traditional penitential days, are the ember days in the octave of Pentecost days of fast? It would seem not since the octave days, similar to Easter, are … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is it a sin to fast during the Easter Octave?

From a reader:
I listen to the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM a lot and yesterday a priest who is usually fairly reliable made the comment that it is a sin to fast during the Octave of Easter. My wife started fasting … Continue reading

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Good Friday – fast and abstinence

Most of us here are bound by the Church’s law to fast and abstain today.
What’s your plan?

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QUAERITUR: Can I eat insect parts on Fridays?

Since the topic came up elsewhere, I thought it a good idea to revive this question from a reader and repost it:
From a reader:
Do insect products count as meat products, and therefore prohibited on Fridays and other days of abstinence. … Continue reading

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Lent, Alligators and You

Someone sent me a copy of a letter written by the Archbishop of New Orleans to a member of his flock about eating alligator during Lent.  The answer is “yes”.  You may eat alligator during Lent.
This is old news to … Continue reading

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