Archbishop: Milwaukee Catholics can eat corned beef on St. Patrick's Day this year

Archbishop Listecki signed dispensation
Posted at 8:39 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 23:18:37-05

A potential dietary quandary has been avoided for Milwaukee Catholics.

Each year, Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent. This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday during Lent - posing a problem for any faithful who want to enjoy a little corned beef.

To solve the problem, Archbishop Jerome Listecki signed a dispensation, waiving the rule for St. Patrick's Day. He's encouraging Catholics who do eat meat on the holiday to engage in another sacrificial or charitable act instead.

In the Catholic faith, a "dispensation" is an exemption from religious law applied in some case.

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