Since good Friday is coming up again… Let’s look back
By Ernest Barteldes
Until decades ago, Roman Catholics abstained from meat on Fridays as form of penance in honor of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, but after Vatican II the requirement was dropped and the decision to continue the tradition or not was left up to each nation’s churches. Most dropped the rule (though some heavily Catholic nations still keep doing so), and today most just abstain from meat on Fridays during the period of Lent – and especially on Good Friday.
Many people are unaware that the Catholic Church still recommends abstaining from meat on Fridays, but Renata and I do keep Fridays meat-free year round and opt instead for vegetarian of fish-based dishes. Of course this is not a problem because we do not eat red meat at home as a rule. In fact, since we are both big seafood and vegetable fans, sometimes we…
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