Dispensation clears way for St. Patrick's corned beef

March 14, 2000

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year, presenting a dilemma for those who like to observe the wearing of the green with the traditional boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage, but feel obliged to abide by the weekly Lenten abstinence from meat.

Cardinal William H. Keeler has promulgated a dispensation from the Friday abstinence for March 17.

"Because there are many people in the archdiocese who are of Irish heritage and others who wish they were, and because they desire to eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, Cardinal Keeler has decided to dispense all from the obligation of abstinence on Friday, March 17," Monsignor W. Francis Malooly, chancellor of the archdiocese, said in a message sent to every parish.

"As with any Lenten dispensation, the faithful are encouraged to remain conscious of their Lenten practice and this holy season," he said.

The archdiocese, however, had no comment on the subject of green beer.

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