GBPG: Glimpses of the past 1953: Papal dispensation from Friday fast on May 1

Catholics in the Green Bay Diocese may eat meat today under a worldwide dispensation granted by Pope Pius XII from the normal Friday requirement that Catholics abstain from meat, the Diocesan Chancery Office announced this morning.

The dispensation was announced in Rome last week but it was not clear here whether the dispensation applied to the Green Bay Diocese pending official word from Rome whether it was necessary for Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona to apply the dispensation in the diocese.

The chancery office said today, however, that a report from Rome by the National Catholic Welfare conference news service made it clear that the dispensation granted by the Pope was worldwide.

The dispensation, asked by European bishops, is in connection with the observance of European “Labor Day.” [Get that?  This is for socialist/communist celebration, although traditionally was a European spring celebration.]

Two years later Pope Pius XII would establish the Feast of St. Joseph the Workman on the same day.


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