From a reader…
I’ll be deployed overseas this Thanksgiving Friday. I belong to a personal parish (FSSP) in a regular geographic diocese back home, but deployed I fall under the Archdiocese of Military ervices. Does the Pope Pius XII Thanksgiving Friday indult apply to me, despite my not being in the United States?
Military service personnel are subject to the Military Archdiocese and, therefore, are subject to the laws of These United States. However, the mythical indult of Pius XII, which has never been seen, would no longer apply because of the reordering of the laws on fast and abstinence in 1966.
Under the law in force, Catholics in These United States and our military bases around the world are obliged to either abstain or do some other form of penance on all Fridays of the year, unless the Friday is a Solemnity.
We must choose abstinence on the Friday’s of Lent. The bishop could dispense this for a just cause.
And so, on Friday you can choose to substitute some other hopefully meaningful penance.