Dispensation Granted for St. Patrick's Day

Frequently the rectories and the Chancery receive calls concerning the issue of abstaining from meat on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, when it falls on a Friday of Lent. In virtue of canon 1245 of the Code of Canon Law, a priest who possesses diocesan faculties granted by the Diocesan Bishop may dispense in individual cases for a just reason from the observance of both fast and abstinence, or commute these obligations to some other pious activity. This year, however, Bishop Loverde is granting the dispensation to all members of the diocese with the recommendation that Catholics should do some penance in place of their being allowed to eat meat on this Lenten Friday. Copyright ?2000 Arlington Catholic Herald, Inc. All rights reserved.

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