Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all, though I won’t be eating Corned beef and cabbage. My traditions for this day growing up were more like pinching people who didn’t wear green or the occasional green milkshake at McDonalds. Of course growing up I had no idea who the heck St. Patrick’s was anyway. Multiculturalism I guess doesn’t extend to a former English slave who became a priest and then transformed Ireland from a Pagan culture. I mean obviously he wasn’t very PC.
Though at least now all of the news stories about Bishops providing dispensations to allow people in their flock to eat meat today will go away. The headlines in themselves were quite funny. My favorite misleading one was Bishops Bend Lenten Rule For St. Patrick’s Day. Other headlines were Churches won’t put kibosh on corned beef, Cardinal Says, ‘Let Them Eat Meat’, and Corned beef gets a dispensation. I would like to see the rite for Corned beef dispensation and exactly what did the bishop dispense Corned beef from? It is rather strange how much attention this story has gotten nationally from the press as GetReligion noted.
My own Bishop also provided a dispensation, but I will be keeping the normal Lenten abstinence. Mainly because I know my own weakness. I doubt if I would adequately substitute a better sacrifice or to abstain on another day of the week instead.