Archbishop: Catholics can eat meat on St. Patrick's Day this Friday

Those taking advantage of dispensation to undertake comparable penance

SAN ANTONIO – The Archdiocese of San Antonio, after careful consideration, announced a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence from meat this Friday.

The archdiocese said that while the obligation of abstinence from meat on Fridays during Lent is important, the Friday of the second week of Lent falls on St. Patrick's Day, which is known to be a joy-filled celebration in the archdiocese.

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, after taking into consideration past practice and present circumstances, granted the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and anyone physically present in its territory, a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence from meat Friday.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio noted that whoever may take advantage of the dispensation are exhorted to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the second week of Lent.


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