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Old Apr 1, '11, 1:29 pm
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Default Eating Meat on Fridays During Lent?

In the US, is it a sin to eat meat on a Friday during the season of Lent, and if so, what kind of sin would it be and would it need to be confessed? The conditions for the question pertain to a Catholic that knows meat is forbidden on these days and chooses to ignore the discipline of the Church.

I found this link below dealing with my question.

http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=519766

It seems like the willful act of ignoring the authority of the Church is the big kicker and is the cause for the grave sin, even in regards to mere discipline. I would suspect that this would surely need to be confessed to receive absolution, correct?

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Old Apr 1, '11, 2:18 pm
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Default Re: Eating Meat on Fridays During Lent?

I'd say so, if the attitude behind the act was recalcitrant. This is the day Jesus died on the Cross.
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Old Apr 1, '11, 2:29 pm
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Default Re: Eating Meat on Fridays During Lent?

Yes, if the person in question is deliberately eating meat on Friday in defiance of the Church.

But keep in mind that you can't commit a mortal sin without knowing you are committing a mortal sin. Many Catholics are aware that they aren't supposed to eat meat on Fridays in Lent but don't know that direct defiance of the Church is a mortal sin.

Furthermore, if someone is eating meat on a Friday in Lent out of apathy more than defiance, once could argue that they aren't really committing a mortal sin in that case, since they have no intention of directly defying the Church.
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Old Apr 1, '11, 6:30 pm
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Default Re: Eating Meat on Fridays During Lent?

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In the US, is it a sin to eat meat on a Friday during the season of Lent, and if so, what kind of sin would it be and would it need to be confessed? The conditions for the question pertain to a Catholic that knows meat is forbidden on these days and chooses to ignore the discipline of the Church.

I found this link below dealing with my question.

http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=519766

It seems like the willful act of ignoring the authority of the Church is the big kicker and is the cause for the grave sin, even in regards to mere discipline. I would suspect that this would surely need to be confessed to receive absolution, correct?

Pax Christi.
Not eating meat on Fridays during Lent is not an option. It is an obligation. Eating meat therefore is a sin of grave matter and if a person knows that then they are committing a mortal sin.
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Default Re: Eating Meat on Fridays During Lent?

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In the US, is it a sin to eat meat on a Friday during the season of Lent, and if so, what kind of sin would it be and would it need to be confessed? The conditions for the question pertain to a Catholic that knows meat is forbidden on these days and chooses to ignore the discipline of the Church.

I found this link below dealing with my question.

http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=519766

It seems like the willful act of ignoring the authority of the Church is the big kicker and is the cause for the grave sin, even in regards to mere discipline. I would suspect that this would surely need to be confessed to receive absolution, correct?

Pax Christi.
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