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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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Friday Penance, the Octave of Christmas, and You

We are in the Octave of Christmas, that stoppage of liturgical time when we can rest in place and contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation from various angles.
During the Octave of Easter, we are not obliged to do penance on … 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: Getting married on a Friday. Must I abstain from meat? Fr. Z includes a brief rant.

From a reader:
im getting married on friday may 31st the day after Corpus Christi.
can i eat meat at the reception or do i need a dispensation?
All Fridays, except for liturgical Solemnities, are days of penance even if one is doing … Continue reading

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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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QUAERITUR: Friday penance in the Octave of Christmas revisited

Yesterday I facetiously posted about Friday penance during the Octave of Christmas.
Days (other than Sunday) within the Octave of Christmas are not “heavy enough” (as a “solemnity” would be) to “outweigh” the Friday obligation to do some sort of penance … Continue reading

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Of Fridays, Motu Proprios, Pesto and The Cross

In England, where I am as I write, the bishops have asked Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays.  It may be the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, but it is Friday.  Festive penance is in order.  Or, … Continue reading

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ENGLAND Friday 29 June is a Holy Day of Obligation

My friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeueticalness, has on his parish’s website a good reminder for his readers in the UK that Friday 29 June, the Feast or Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul is, for them, a Holy Day … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Some history on meatless Fridays

From a priest:
Dear Father Zuhlsdorf, thank you for the great apostolic work you do every day. Your blog has been an orientation and a spiritual help for me since my days in seminary. And it is great fun, too!
Today, we … Continue reading

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