March 6, 2017
When St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday in Lent, Catholics usually have to get a dispensation to eat the traditional corned beef and cabbage, because Fridays in Lent are supposed to be meatless.
Usually, bishops across the U.S. have issued a blanket OK for their dioceses, but this year, here in St. Louis, Archbishop Carlson says that if you want a dispensation, you have to ask for it. He will consider each request individually.
He may be pretty busy shortly; or people may feel that, since it seems to be a fairly flexible sin, they’ll just take their chances.