Help! Is today a day of fasting and partial abstinence?
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(02-17-2018, 08:29 PM)austenbosten Wrote:
(02-17-2018, 06:12 PM)Paul Wrote: Choosing to fast today is a matter of devotion, no longer a matter of Church law, which only requires fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Under the traditional rules, all weekdays of Lent are days of fasting and partial abstinence, except Friday, which requires total abstinence. But it's no longer a sin to eat turkey twice on a Lenten Saturday.

Actually you are still obligated to totally abstain from meat for all Fridays of Lent, as well as abstain and fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Not in all places. For instance, a priest friend in New Zealand told me that the local bishops applied that "choice of penance" bit to all Fridays of the year, including Lent.

But in the U.S., yes, all Lenten Fridays are days of abstinence even under the present law.

Of course that's also the place where they only have (excluding Sundays) two Holy Days of obligation each year.
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(02-18-2018, 03:12 PM)MagisterMusicae Wrote: Of course that's also the place where they only have (excluding Sundays) two Holy Days of obligation each year.

Canada has done the same. The only Holy Days of Obligation, saving Sundays, are Christmas and New Year's Day.
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