Issue Date: March 17, 2006
Dioceses issue 'Corned Beef Indult' for St. Patrick's Day
Since Lent began, Rocco Palmo, a contributor on American affairs for the
British Catholic weekly The Tablet, has been tracking on his Web log
what he calls The Corn Beef Indult, the U.S. dioceses that are
relaxing the Lenten meatless-Friday rule so that Catholics can eat corned beef
and cabbage on St. Patricks Day, March 17.
Palmo reports the following dioceses have issued the exemption from the
rule of abstaining from meat on the Fridays of Lent:
- The archdiocese for the military services.
- St. Paul-Minneapolis -- with an encouragement to mark the day
with some other form of special observance.
- Indianapolis -- the faithful are requested to transfer abstinence to
a prior day of the week.
- Cleveland, Ohio.
- Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.
- Providence, R.I. -- with a reminder that the faithful should
practice an alternate act of penance, charity, or prayer.
- Fall River, Mass.
- Madison, Wis. -- Those who avail themselves of this
dispensation are asked to perform another form of penance such as acts of
charity, prayer or almsgiving on or near the date of March 17.
- Washington -- those who indult are encouraged to substitute
another form of sacrifice on March 17.
- Rockville Centre, N.Y. -- with a request that the revelers
perform another act of penance in lieu of abstaining from meat March
- Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., home diocese of the Fighting Irish of
Notre Dame University -- Everyone who accepts this dispensation [is
asked] to do some holy act on or near that day. For example, attending Mass,
especially on the feast of St. Patrick, would be a most worthy act. So also
would be the recitation of the rosary. In addition, there could be an act of
service or generosity towards the poor.
- New York -- Since the day is the feast of the patron of the
archdiocese, it is celebrated as a solemnity and, therefore, abstinence need
not be observed by parishioners of the archdiocese or others present here on
Palmos blog is called Whispers in the Loggia and can be found at
-- NCR Staff
National Catholic Reporter, March 17,