Jesuits and Vegetarianism
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(05-09-2012, 07:38 AM)GeorgeT Wrote: Traditional Carmelites maintain a vegetarian diet.

There's a story about a famous Carmelite mother superior. When one of the nuns would start receiving visions the mother superior would order her to eat meat just to make sure she was not hallucinating.

The Benedictines allow for meat as well for those who are ill.
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#12
(05-09-2012, 07:38 AM)GeorgeT Wrote: There's a story about a famous Carmelite mother superior. When one of the nuns would start receiving visions the mother superior would order her to eat meat just to make sure she was not hallucinating.

That's silly. You don't start hallucinating from a vegetarian diet.
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#13
(05-09-2012, 07:38 AM)GeorgeT Wrote: Traditional Carmelites maintain a vegetarian diet.

Only whilst resident in the convent (remember, traditionally, our friars lived in convents, our nuns in monasteries). From the original Rule of St Albert of Jerusalem, given to our Fathers on Carmel ca. anno Domini 1210 and approved by HH Pope Innocent IV in AD 1247:

Quote:[17] You are to abstain from meat, except as a remedy for sickness or feebleness. But as, when you are on a journey, you more often than not have to beg your way, outside your own houses you may eat foodstuffs that have been cooked with meat, so as to avoid giving trouble to your hosts. At sea, however, meat may be eaten.
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#14
(05-09-2012, 02:21 PM)ecclesiastes Wrote:
(05-09-2012, 07:38 AM)GeorgeT Wrote: There's a story about a famous Carmelite mother superior. When one of the nuns would start receiving visions the mother superior would order her to eat meat just to make sure she was not hallucinating.

That's silly. You don't start hallucinating from a vegetarian diet.

It was probably to discern whether or not the nun had the spirit of obedience.
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(05-09-2012, 02:21 PM)ecclesiastes Wrote:
(05-09-2012, 07:38 AM)GeorgeT Wrote: There's a story about a famous Carmelite mother superior. When one of the nuns would start receiving visions the mother superior would order her to eat meat just to make sure she was not hallucinating.

That's silly. You don't start hallucinating from a vegetarian diet.
They thought you might back then. Also a vegetarian diet back then was probably less varied then it is now.
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#16
Eastern rite monks don't eat meat, because apparently meat (at least, red meat) increases one's sexual appetite, which obviously they are trying to pacify rather than increase.
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