In 2017, the answer to the nation’s more than 69 million Catholics is most likely “Yes.”
Canon law once called for the faithful of the Catholic Church to refrain from eating meat on Fridays. The act of penance was done in remembrance of the day Jesus was crucified, and it was followed for centuries by Catholics around the world.
In the 1960s, the church decided that bishops in individual archdioceses could take a look at the issue and decide for themselves if they wanted their congregants to have the option of eating meat on Fridays.
Note from Donna Donna:
What does that mean for us here on Long Island? Here’s the statement issued by the Diocese of Rockville Centre (which covers both Nassau and Suffolk counties).
RE: Saint Patrick’s Day –March 17, 2017
Bishop Barres has given a dispensation from the obligation of abstaining from meat to all Catholics in the Diocese of Rockville Centre on the feast of Saint Patrick (Friday, March 17, 2017). The obligation to abstain meat can be fulfilled on another date or Catholics can adopt another form of penance of the individual’s choosing.