Friday, March 17, 2017


This year the Bishop of Arlington has granted the diocese a dispensation from the usual Lenten Friday abstinence from meat so that Irish Catholics can enjoy their corned beef. There's a slight catch. You're supposed to undertake a work of charity or act of comparable penance some other time to make up for it.

Fair enough. But it's one of those cringe-worthy Catholic moments. Will we really be judged on such details? Yes, obedience is important, but what about the spirit of the law?

I think I'll forego meat just for the heck of it. But the Bailey's — I'll have a sip of that, thank you very much!


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