Iowa Catholics Can Eat Meat on St. Patrick’s Day

Iowa Catholics can have meat today.

This is the Lenten season and on Fridays, Catholics typically abstain from eating meat between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday – but the exception is St. Patrick’s Day. Bishop Richard Pates, the spiritual leader of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, says dispensation is being granted.

Catholic bishops in the archdiocese of Dubuque and the dioceses in Davenport, Des Moines and Sioux City have all given a dispensation for the day to enjoy a corned beef meal associated with the holiday observance. While this is a day of celebration in the U-S where everyone is considered Irish despite their ancestry, Pates says it’s a more spiritual experience in Ireland where many head to church.

Bishop Pates says he plans a tradition Irish meal today as well.

There are about 500,000 Catholics living in Iowa.


(story courtesy of Radio Iowa)