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Dioceses Are Giving Out Permission to Eat Corned Beef Tomorrow

Jill Devine

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s also a Friday during Lent, which means no meat . . . which means no corned beef and corned beef is a St. Patrick’s staple.

Don’t freak out because the dioceses are here to help.

At least half of the dioceses in America are giving out special dispensations to allow Catholics permission to have corned beef tomorrow without violating Lent.  In fact, only 2 of the 179 dioceses have given corned beef a hard “no”:  Denver and Lincoln, Nebraska.

How does yours feel?  You can contact them to find out.  Most of them are just giving out a blanket dispensation, but some say you should personally request one from a priest or agree to skip meat on Saturday as a trade-off.

What do you plan on doing?

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