Friday, June 24, 2016
Solemnity of St. John the Baptist, June 24
Why is it OK to eat meat today? Because a solemnity is a high holy day, like a Sunday, and we don't do penance on such days in honor of the Risen Lord. Some will argue that we can eat meat every Friday, except Fridays in Lent - and that is true - to a point. The requirement for ALL Catholics to do penance on ALL Fridays throughout the year still exists and while it doesn't HAVE to be abstinence from meat, it HAS to be SOMETHING. Some believe the "rule" was totally done away with after Vatican II, but they are wrong. Take a look at some of the other postings we have here on abstinence to see where we have documented this - several times.