Originally Posted by fish90
...Pope owning fish company...
I can top that. I heard the pope added an extra five mysteries to the rosary (the Luminous Mysteries) to increase the number from 15 to 20 so everybody would have buy new rosaries.
Anyway, back in the olden days, Europeans typically ate fish as an every day thing and meat was a special-occasion dish; forbidding meat on Fridays was just a way of reminding people it was inappropriate to have celebrations on that day.
Ironically seafood is now the special-occasion food while meat is the routine. If the rule had been instituted today, maybe it would be no seafood on Fridays.