Catholics revive Friday meat rule

IT’S a year ago today the UK  – at a cost to taxpayers of millions – welcomed Pope Ratzinger to Britain’s shores.

Today I learned that, to mark the first anniversary of that ludicrously overpriced junket, the Catholic Church in England and Wales has decided to revive an old rule relating to the eating of meat of Fridays.

Don’t do it, is the basic message.

Mmmmmm .... meat. But not for Catholics on a Friday

According to this BBC report, bishops say Friday should be a day of penitence as it is the day on which Christ is said to have died.

And they say Friday penance will be “a clear and distinctive mark” of Catholic identity and an act of common worship.

In a statement issued earlier this month, the bishops said it was important that followers of the Church were united in a common, identifiable act of Friday penance because:

The virtue of penitence is best acquired as part of a common resolve and common witness.

Those who cannot or already choose not to eat meat as part of their daily diet are being asked to abstain from some other food or activity.

A spokesman told the BBC’s John McManus that abstaining from meat wasn’t compulsory, only “commendable”.

Those aged under 14, the sick, elderly, pregnant women, seafarers, manual workers or others in situations where there are moral or physical reasons for eating meat are excused from abstaining.

The practice of not eating from meat on Fridays is centuries-old, but in 1985 the Catholic Church in England and Wales allowed Catholics to substitute another form of penance in its place.

The Bishops’ Conference has published questions and answers on Friday penance on its website.

Other breaking Catholic news:  On September 8 we reported that atheists in Australian had  has expressed some some reservations regarding the appointment of a Catholic priest to head the country’s national Mental Health Commission.

We now learn that Monsignor David Cappo has decided not to take up the position after being accused of failing to properly investigate rape claims against a priest.

Monsignor David Cappo’s appointment had been questioned by independent senator Nick Xenophon, who used parliamentary privilege to suggest he failed to investigate in a timely manner sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Church in South Australia.

Monsignor Cappo says he emphatically rejects any suggestion that he did not handle the abuse allegations with proper or due diligence.

But he says the matter has the potential to distract from his appointment to the Mental Health Commission and that he cannot allow that to occur.

Monsignor Cappo has also resigned as deputy chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn  and Bill Murray (Oz report)


63 responses to “Catholics revive Friday meat rule”

  1. remigius says:

    … and you can insult him too. I seem to have got away with monkeyboy. Gonna try to gradually work my way up to fuckwit.

    He’s probably just lonely and really needs someone to talk to.

  2. Daz says:

    How can he be lonely? He has the voice in his head God to talk to.

  3. AngieRS says:

    Nah, leave him to it. He’s trolling on here, why return the favour?

  4. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Dean Roberts
    September 17th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    Thanks for the comments.

    Though they undermine your intelligence.

    Whereas nothing could get under your intelligence.

  5. Broga says:

    I had a brief look at some of Dean Robert’s comments on his site. What a sad case this man presents. Conjuring up religious drivel and then coming here to preach and castigate us. He seems a lonely and immature man who is desperate for some kind of response. Even that of atheists.

    He fits the religious pattern: fantasy prefered to reality; desperate to fight off life as it is and replace it with his fairy tale god, devoid of reason and scared of what he may find if he had the courage to face his doubts. What a pitiful speciman of humanity. Wake up, Dean. Grab life, realise the cosmos is indifferent to you or anyone else and make the best of it.

    Meanwhile, I’m off to the pub for a couple of pints and a game of darts.

  6. Harry says:

    This reminds me. I knew a Pole vegetarian who converted to Orthodoxy and had to take up eating fish on Friday because it was part of their belief system as indicated by their church.

  7. tony e says:

    I have to give credit where it is due.

    At least Dean’s website has better graphics than the woeful, and self pitying, Bob Huttons.

    Same shit message though!

  8. MrGronk says:

    @Brian Jordan

    Otter was treated as an honorary fish, along with goose. Impressive peasant logic there. Which goes to show that if you inflict bollocks rules on people, they’ll think up bollocks evasions to get around them while still observing the letter of the law. In much the same way that ultra-orthodox Jews beg their secular brethren to switch their lights on for them on Shabbat, and abstinent American teens have learned to enjoy it up the chuff.

  9. Lucy says:

    abstinent American teens have learned to enjoy it up the chuff.

    also, anecdotally, randy muslim kids…

    And catholics count saturday night as being sunday, for church attendance purposes…

    I love the way human beings triumph where they can…

  10. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Brian Jordan
    September 17th, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    Perhaps you’re thinking of frabbits…

    The mind it boggeleth! Still, if you believe insects have four legs and pi=3.0000… Or were they just – heaven forfend – being hypocritical?

    Why is it when I hear this that I think of apartheid South Africa and Japanese people being “honorary” whites?

  11. […] home at the end of the week. Call me an aging rebel if you like, but last week’s news that the Catholic church is re-instituting meat-free Fridays has got me thinking of ditching this tradition in favour of something more […]

  12. Dinah says:

    So, not content with over-populating the world with people, the Catholic Church has now decided to de-populate the oceans of fish.

  13. Marky Mark says:

    As I have said, they just make it up as they go along. Who ever wrote that the whole not eating meat on Friday was created by the church to throw some business to the fisherman is correct. Nothing to do with the word of god but a financial decision that was lobbied for by a specific group intended to bring them wealth, that I’m sure they kicked back to the church in way of donations. It is always about money for the church. Maybe the Gorden’s Fisherman Corp kicked in some cash for them to revive the rule.

    Why start this crap all over again when our oceans are overfished as it is, is beyond me! So this must be about control, a way one can prove their faith. Just a bunch of old guys in funny costumes sitting in a room trimmed with gold, thinking about what silly things they can get their pet monkeys to do for kicks. And as usual the church shows no regard to science or our effects on this planet.

    As for lent…I remember those days as I always gave up my favorite candy (Chocolate) for 40 days. Than pigged out on it Easter Sunday. When a bit older I said screw it and gave up doing homework on the weekend during lent. My sister said, “you must give up something you love for lent and I know you do not love doing homework!” My reply was, “True, but I love homework over the weekend since I have the extra days to do it in…so technically I’m good…NOW, excuse me while I head to the candy store to buy some Chocolate…I need my fix!”