As Luck Would Have It, Bishops Allow Meat on St. Patrick’s Day

Check out the link above regarding a dispensation (letting people off the hook) being given by some Catholic bishops regarding eating meat on Friday’s in Lent, specifically St. Patrick’s Day. Now, let us take a look at what a Catholic web site says about eating meat on Fridays. You can find the full text of Canon 1251 here.

Here are my observations to the article. I’m going to try to be very precise about this and not spaz out on my keyboard because this topic makes me want to snap.

  1. By saying that “Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays” they are saying that it HAS to be done. “Is to be” is not a statement that means perhaps, maybe, or if you want to. It means DO IT. Thus it is a law statement.
  2. Also, notice how the statement says all Fridays. Wait a minute…. most Catholics don’t enforce this. In fact, you never hear this talked about.
  3. Notice the “do penance” statements through the pages. Also notice the lack of Scriptural citations.

My reactions:

  1. By making a law statement Roman Catholics are saying that those who eat meat or fail to do penance are sinning.
  2. We know from Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is death.” We deserve nothing but death and hell for our sinful natures.
    How can a Catholic bishop, a supposed shepherd of God’s flock excuse people from a law that they would say comes from God? How I ask?
  3. Also, why is it that the Catholic Church is failing to observe their own laws about not eating meat on all Friday’s as stated in the Canonical statement?

This only confirms my problems with the Roman Catholic Church. I know there are some, including the E*CA that would say that Lutherans and Roman Catholics have similar views of justification (how we are declared righteous before God). However, if you don’t have a proper understanding of the law and its affect on sinners, how can you even come close to having a proper understanding on justification? These bishops are heretics for promoting a heretical doctrine, but also heretics for then going around and excusing people from a so-called sin.

Bah.

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One Response

  1. I recommended that someone check out oldlutheran.com tonight. Your nerdiness is wearing off on me. 😉

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