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Gary Kolek wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • On a regular Friday that does not fall in Lent, is it okay to eat chicken or chicken soup?


  { On a regular Friday that does not fall in Lent, is it okay to eat chicken or chicken soup? }

Paul replied:


There was once a Church law that obliged all Catholics to refrain from eating meat on all Fridays during the year, (with the exception of feast days, if I'm not mistaken), in commemoration of Good Friday. The Church has since rescinded this and replaced it with the strong suggestion that all the faithful choose a penance of their own to sacrifice every Friday. Fridays during Lent still remain obligatorily days where Catholics are to abstain from meat.

There are still many who have voluntarily stuck with the fine tradition abstaining from meat every Friday during the year, however, if you do not choose to sacrifice chicken on Fridays, I see nothing wrong with eating it on non-Lenten Fridays.


Gary replied:

Thanks Paul!

  • So are you saying that chicken is considered meat?


Paul replied:


Fish isn't, but chicken is.


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