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"Meat" in this sense means, and has historically meant, what used to be called "flesh meat", which St. Thomas Aquinas described as "the flesh of animals that take their rest on the earth" [including birds, who rest in trees on the earth] (Summa Theologica, Second Part of the Second Part, Question 147, Article 8). Exceptions to the rule of "no meat on ...


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As I stated in an answer to a related question, historically it has been the case that during Lent, and perhaps during some other times, required abstinence from meat has included not only abstinence from meat products but also abstinence from any animal products, including dairy, fat, and eggs. Thus, it has historically been the case that between Ash ...


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It's traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday, but is known by a few names: Pancake Tuesday Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday probably more besides The day is most definitely a tradition of Catholics and some other ecclesial bodies who observe Lent. It is a feast day, a day of fattening before fasting for forty days. Sadly, the occasion has been abused, especially in ...


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I believe that the imposition of ashes is universal within the Roman Catholic Church. The practice was "made official" in a 1091 decree of the Council of Benevento, which states: "on Ash Wednesday everyone, clergy and laity, men and women, will receive ashes"1 Before that, the practice was done in private, dating back many centuries, and probably in ...


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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a Q&A about Lenten practices that addressed this very question, which also describes a world-wide Catholic view: Q. I understand that all the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat, but I'm not sure what is classified as meat. Does meat include chicken and dairy products? A. ...


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While observance of lent is definitely on the rise; this is especially true of Denominations closely related to the Catholic and Orthodox Denominations, as is commonly known both in the Christian and non Christian societies. I can only speak for my Southern Baptist faith. In most of our churches fasting is being more emphasized, as a strengthening factor ...


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The classical definition of what constituted "fish" in the days of St. Thomas Aquinas was based on the Summa Theologica's understanding of animals which took into account both animal habits as well as anatomy. Generally speaking fish could be eaten on days of abstinence but not the flesh of animals. In the Rule of St. Benedict abstinence is considered the ...



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