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Gary Duffala wrote:

Hi, guys —

This question has come up with a relative this Lent.

He said that chicken was not meat but fowl. I contend that it is meat. This was not put forth as a joke in our conversation but was rather part of a serious conversation.

Thank you in advance for your reply.

Gary Duffala

  { As part of a serious discourse with my relative, can you tell us whether chicken is meat or fowl? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi Gary,

Chicken is fowl, biologically, not meat. It is meat in terms of Christian abstinence, because abstinence pertained to animal flesh (Latin: caro, carnis).

Chicken is considered meat for fasting even though, zoologically, it is fowl. 

The Church no longer requires one to abstain from broth or seasonings made from meat.

Mary Ann

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