Hmmm. That’s why I think regulations regarding local solemnities are confusing–they vary from parish to parish. Most regulations would consider territory to mean diocese but for local solemnities can they mean parish?
Yes. Remember that a parish is a territory.
Is permission to meat on days that would otherwise require abstinence automatic for local solemnities
or must the bishop declare it so?
Must one reside in the territory of a parish celebrating a local solemnity to be able to eat meat on a Friday?
No. The release from the law applies to those who live in the territory and those who are actually present in that territory. So, a visitor to a parish celebrating a solemnity is exempt from the required abstinence. (note: I underlined the words “must one reside” if the question were phrased “may one eat meat?” the answer would be yes).
Is it OK to eat meat on a Friday if one is dining on the grounds of a parish celebrating a local solemnity but not when one goes back to one’s home within the boundaries of a different parish?
Yes. I know it might sound a bit legalistic, but the answer is still yes.
If one belongs to a parish celebrating a local solemnity can you eat meat if you go to dinner at a restaurant outside of the parish boundaries?
Yes. When a law “looses” (releases you from an obligation) that release from the law “follows you” (that’s a term in canon law meaning that you carry the release with you).
If one decides to spend the night in a hotel within the boundaries of a neighboring parish which rules regarding local solemnities apply?
In a case like that, one is considered a “traveler.”
Laws that loose apply to both those who reside there, and those who visit there, so if the place where you visit is exempt from the Friday abstinence, you are likewise exempt.
On the other hand, local laws that bind (laws that impose an obligation) apply only to those who live there, and do not apply to visitors. That’s with regard to a local law (one that applies only in that territory).
It’s easier to just not eat meat but there must be some rules for how such things work.
Yes. There are rules.
Universal rules apply to everyone. The law of Friday abstinence is a universal law, which applies to everyone in the Church (excepting children, elderly, sick, but that’s not the topic here).
Laws that loose are laws that release someone from an obligation.
Laws that bind are laws that impose an obligation.
A traveler is “loosed” by the laws of the place where he lives and by the laws of the place where he visits.
A traveler is “bound” by universal law, but is only bound by local law when he’s present in that territory–meaning his home territory. Local laws that bind do not bind travelers who are visiting that place.
**In order to understand how these laws work, it’s essential to understand the difference between the 2 types of law, those that bind (impose an obligation) and those that loose (release from an obligation). **