Heads Up: Obligatory No Meat this Friday for Canonical Members of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

In one of the few deviations from the extremely minimal fasting requirements of Roman Catholics in the United States and Canada, Ordinariate Catholics of POCSP — on pain of grave sinmust abstain from meat (like the Fridays in Lent for all Roman Catholics) this Friday, December 7th, 2018. No alternative penance (as is required for other Roman Catholics on this day if they choose not to abstain) is permitted. (I cannot speak to the situation of Ordinariate Catholics in OLW and OLSC Ordinariates, though if readers know with certainty, please comment). See POCSP Ordo:

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We have come to the Ember Days of this season, which — along with the ministry of Instituted Acolyte, First Evensong on the evening before Feasts rather than just Solemnities, and other excellent Traditions — the Ordinariates are bringing back into the common practice of the Latin Church. Spread the word in your parochial communities, and be sure we all can fully share in this joyful but truly penitential time, when we recall the Lord’s first coming, yes, but much more, the End of Time, when He shall come in awesome Glory and Power to be our Judge.

UPDATE: Steven Rabanal, Instituted Acolyte writes:

‘”From the Chancery: We can eat meat after 4pm today. The solemnity trumps Ember Friday.’

However, of course, this is likely not due to technicalities of canon law but because the bishop permits it.”

I aplogise my comment below was in error. You’re good to go on your meats after 4pm today.

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The Last Judgment, Stefan Lochner, c. AD 1435

9 thoughts on “Heads Up: Obligatory No Meat this Friday for Canonical Members of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

  1. The Abstinence rules apply every Friday here in England, though one would assume that they won’t apply in the evening as by then the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception has begun.

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    • Can someone confirm whether the abstinence would apply until midnight, or only until First Evensong of the Immaculate Conception? My wife and I have a dinner that evening, and wanting to make plans accordingly.

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      • Canon 1251 of the Codex Juris Canonici specifically exempts solemnities from the law of fast and abstinence, and solemnities always begin with First Vespers on the evening before. Thus, with the solemnity on Saturday, the obligation to abstinence should end with First Vespers of the solemnity.

        Norm.

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    • As far as canonical obligations of fasting and abstinence are concerned, my understanding is that they are governed by Can. 202 §1. (CIC 1983), “In law, a day is understood as a period consisting of 24 continuous hours and begins at midnight unless other provision is expressly made” — so regardless of whether one attended a First Vespers or an Anticipated Mass of the coming solemnity, the Friday obligation would apply until midnight. But if someone knows this to be otherwise and can back it up, I am happy to be corrected.

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  3. The law of abstinence is an anachronism of a medieval era when seafood was not as readily available as it is now. Okay, I can’t have meat — so consider the other options: baked stuffed lobster, Alaska king crab, caviar… The only real penance is the hit on one’s wallet, as such delicacies are often more expensive than the filet mignon that they replace.

    That said, there is a very important exception to the canons pertaining to fast and abstinence in the motu proprio Stella maris promulgated by Pope John Paul II on 31 January 1997. Most of this document deals with reorganization of the maritime apostolate, but the following provisions of Section 2 are relevant here.

    II. 1. In this document, the terms used are defined as follows:
    a) Seafarers are those actually on board merchant ships or fishing vessels, and all who for whatever reason have undertaken a voyage by ship;…

    III. Mindful of the special circumstances of the people of the sea and taking into account the privileges which over the years the Apostolic See has granted this people, the following is established:…
    2. Seafarers are not bound by the laws of fast and abstinence prescribed in can. 1251; they are advised, however, when taking advantage of this dispensation, to undertake a comparable work of piety in place of abstinence, and, as far as possible, to observe both laws on Good Friday in memory of the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ;…

    Note that the second clause of the definition of “seafarers” in this document encompasses anybody who has ever (1) deployed aboard a naval vessel while serving in a nation’s armed forces OR (2) taken a cruise vacation aboard a seagoing vessel. With the growth in popularity of cruise vacations over the past couple decades, those two categories probably encompass over 20% of the population of the United States and a substantial percentage of Britain’s population as well.

    Norm.

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    • “From the Chancery: We can eat meat after 4pm today. The solemnity trumps Ember Friday.”

      However, of course, this is likely not due to technicalities of canon law but because the bishop permits it.

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