Earlier today, Dearest told me that, when he noted that hot dogs were on the menu for next Friday’s parish picnic, he asked the pastor, “Aren’t we supposed to not eat meat on Fridays?” and was told, “That’s only during Lent.”
I’m underwhelmed to say the least. I expect that kind of ignorance from other Catholics, because it’s what I was told many years ago also. But it was wrong. And once I learned that I was wrong, I instituted meatless Fridays in our home.
I would have hoped the pastor would have elaborated more on the actual situation instead of sending my husband home to tell me, on a Friday, as I was serving up fish salad, “You know, Father says we don’t need to do meatless Fridays any more.”
The relevant portions of the Code of Canon Law states, “The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent. Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.” [1250, 1251]
Re: “from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference” – On November 18, 1966, the U.S. bishops issued the following directive to American Catholics:
“Even though we hereby terminate the traditional law of abstinence binding under pain of sin, as the sole prescribed means of observing Friday, we give first place to abstinence from flesh meat. We do so in the hope that the Catholic community will ordinarily continue to abstain from meat by free choice as formerly we did in obedience to Church law.” 
The bishops said it was important to continue the discipline to “remind ourselves that as Christians, although immersed in the world and sharing its life, we must preserve a saving and necessary difference from the spirit of the world. Our deliberate, personal abstinence from meat, more especially because no longer required by law, will be an outward sign of inward spiritual values that we cherish.”
Father was correct in saying that, because the church removed the penalty of sin from eating meat on Friday, we don’t have to abstain from meat on Fridays outside of Lent. But this is a far cry from serving hot dogs at a Friday parish picnic.
Re: “unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday” – Solemnities are extra special feast days on which it would be inappropriate to do penance. Most of them are universal; some are local. Next Friday isn’t one of them.
AFGHAN STAN: From FB – “I find myself sitting in the parking lot at Kroger trying to compose myself. You see, while inside getting groceries, I came upon a little girl prancing down the isle making a crazy noise. I turned around to see this young lady wearing massive boots compared to her tiny body. At first I just giggled and continued shopping.
“I ended up in the check out lane behind her and her mother. As good southerners do, we struck up conversation. I told the little girl that I liked her boots. She had a massive grin on her face and began to speak. She let me know that those boots belonged to her Daddy. Today would have been his birthday, but he was killed last year in ‘Afghan Stan.’ To feel better about today, she was allowed to wear his boots.
“As her mom started to cry, so did I, as did the cashier. Apparently, the gentleman behind me heard the story and gave the little girl a cupcake out of the dozen he was buying. He told the little girl to always eat a cupcake for her dad’s birthday. He told her that her dad was a hero and that she should be proud to be his daughter.
“Please remember why we are able to celebrate America. Let’s stop to think about those who protect the freedom that we often take for granted!”
COLLEGE: Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian has resigned in an open letter in which he accuses the administration of having created a “Social Justice factory” whose “only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division.”
“Students at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues. … This has created a culture of offense where students are now afraid to speak openly and honestly.“
GEORGIA: A new report by the Indianapolis-based Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) says that about 27,000 mail-in ballots in Georgia were returned as undeliverable by the post office during the 2020 election. The number is more than double the margin of victory—12,000 votes—by which President Joe Biden supposedly won the state.
GREG GUTFELD: [15:28] – Stephen Colbert’s leftie-friendly The Late Show has been the most watched late-night show for the past five years running. On Tuesday, after just five months on the air, Greg’s right-friendly late night comedy show, Gutfeld!, beat out Colbert’s in the all-important 25 to 54 age demographic.
LIFE: A group of pro-abortion Christian organizations are working with abortion industry leaders to fight Texas’ heartbeat law. The churches call themselves Reproductive Freedom Congregations.
Rev. Erika Forbes, the faith and outreach manager for the Texas branch says, “I am on a quest, we are on a quest, to take God back from the hostage situation that the conservatives have hijacked, and I absolutely feel that the God that I believe in, the God that I serve, called by many names, and no name at all, trusts and respects women.”
MANDATES: According to recent polls, 42.7% of American voters are more likely to support businesses that do not require mandates, as compared to 34.3% who say they are less likely to support such businesses.
MASKS: Newly obtained emails show that the Biden administration and the CDC changed intended COVID-19 recommendations after the powerful National Education Association threatened to dump on them if they didn’t. So much for following the science.
NUCLEAR ENERGY: [5:27] – Michael Shellenberger, founder of Environmental Progress, explains why the only real answer to fossil fuels is unacceptable to the Left. He examines the three nuclear disasters.
POLITICO: On Tuesday, Politico published an article entitled “Biden anxiety levels.” It’s about how Biden’s staff can’t bear to watch him taking questions from reporters, because he makes so many gaffes. “Some White House staffers will either mute him or turn off his remarks” for fear of seeing him struggle to stay on message while talking to the press.
PORTLAND: Last Friday, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that the city council intended to vote on an emergency resolution Wednesday to stop “the City’s future procurement of goods and services from, and City employee business travel to, the state of Texas.”
“The Portland City Council stands unified in its belief that all people should have the right to choose if and when they carry a pregnancy and that the decisions they make are complex, difficult, and unique to their circumstances.”
As it turned out, the council postponed the vote. But Texas Senator John Cornyn doesn’t care one way or the other. “If they don’t want to come to Texas that’s fine, people from every other state, are certainly coming here.”
STEM: Unsurprisingly, as our schools prioritize social justice and diversity over mastery and merit, we are falling further and further behind in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The current world leader is China.
VFAUXTUS: As badly as Dementia Joe is faring, his hand-picked Female of Color VP is doing even worse. Her RCP average favorability is minus 9.2 (41.2 favorable vs. 50.4 unfavorable).
This could explain why, four months after bragging that she was the “last person in the room” with Biden as he decided to fully withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, she’s nowhere to be seen. On Thursday, she was supposed to appear in her own home state on behalf of embattled California Gov. Gavin Newsom. But then she suddenly wasn’t.
WASHINGTON POST: WaPo media reporter Jeremy Barr recently published a story critical of liberal cable outlets allowing former defense officials to use their air time to criticize FAUXTUS’ big fat mess. Because, they, you know, don’t blame everything on Trump and also take air time away from “humanitarians, longtime opponents of the war and advocates who could speak to the human toll of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.”
GRAMMY NOTES: The Mascots’ first year at Mama’s Home School has begun. The theme for the year is America. This week, they went to Gettysburg where they did did several activities and earned Gettysburg Junior Ranger certificates and badges.