Bishops of Wisconsin grant dispensations for this year's Friday St Patrick's Day

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MADISON -- The bishops of Wisconsin determined together that since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year (March 17), it would be appropriate to dispense the faithful from the obligation of abstinence from eating meat that day.

Since this must be done by each bishop in his own diocese, Bishop Robert C. Morlino has issued a "Rescript Granting Dispensation" for the "faithful who reside in the Diocese of Madison, as well as anyone actually present in the Diocese of Madison" on March 17, 2017.

Bishop Morlino points out that the norms on fasting and abstinence promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States require all the faithful to abstain from eating meat on the Fridays of Lent.

Noting, however, that the memorial of St. Patrick falls on a Friday of Lent this year, he exhorts "the faithful to exercise due moderation and temperance in festivities and celebrations of the memorial of St. Patrick, in keeping with the solemnity and honor that is due to so great a saint and his tireless efforts to inspire holiness in the Christian faithful."

The bishop says, "Wishing nevertheless to foster a joyful and reverent devotion to that great saint and, moreover, to honor the patrimony of the Irish people to whom he first preached the good news of salvation," he therefore dispenses the faithful who reside in the Diocese of Madison, as well as anyone actually present in the Diocese of Madison, from the observance of the law of abstinence on Friday, March 17, 2017.

He urges them "to perform some salutary work of penance or charity that day so that they might unite themselves more perfectly with the suffering and death of our Lord."

Wonderful!  I am firmly in the pro-dispensation crowd.  Yes, I know, all these barely conscious cultural Catholic are cheering(even if they do what they will regardless of bishops), and all those good practicing Catholics are shaking their fists at them, however, in this godless age we've got to celebrate those part of the faith that are so ingrained in society that the secular world can only attempt to commandeer what good the peasants have created.  St. Patrick is a giant, and the Island cannot wash the Catholicity of her Baptism away even with the orangish of scrub brushes.

Also, His Excellency may have let the cat of of the bag.  I do not see any other diocesan announcements thus far, perhaps awaiting getting closer to the feast day.  Feel free to post a link if you find it out there for other dioceses.



Anonymous said...

Here's Milwaukee's

Badger Catholic said...


Angie said...

Our parish is having a fish fry. We may have to put green beer on the menu. ;)

Anonymous said...

The bishops, our leading cafeteria Catholics, have already chosen an on-again off-again approach to holydays of obligation, now continuing with St. Patrick's Day. At least they could have sirloins at the ordination dinner in Milwaukee. Of course, our abstinence from meat is sham sacrifice. I say let's adopt a completely vegetarian diet on Lenten Fridays. Scallops, anyone?