[quote="1ke, post:5, topic:187255"]
On Ash Wed and Good Fri we are required to **fast **and to **abstain **from meat. There is a difference. Fasting is the quantity of food you consume. Abstaining from mean refers to the types of foods you eat/don't eat.
On all Fridays of Lent you are to abstain from meat.
Is it a sin? If you are within the age ranges for fasting and abstaining and you did it purposely, yes. If you forgot it was an abstinence day, no. If you had a dispensation from your pastor due to your health, etc, no. It's not for us to say if it was a sin. Talk to your priest.
Abstain from meat the remainder of the day, and make sure you fast.
Yes, you most certainly could "help yourself." You chose to eat meat. If you are that spiritually weak, you really need to train your will in discipline. Be responsible for your actions. Mention this in your next confession.
[quote="1ke, post:7, topic:187255"]
Unless you are this person's pastor or bishop you do not have the authority to dispense him from the law of the Church nor to suggest he substitute something else for it.
You don't seem to understand that this is a law of the Church, specified in Canon 1252. It's not a suggestion. It's not optional. It's a law of the Church. Willfully disobeying the Church law is a serious sin.
Um, no. In addition to the required penance under the laws of the Church we can do more. That is an additional sacrifice. But, we are expected to follow the required penance.
Again, you have no authority to abbrogate the Church law for this person and should not be suggesting he do so. It is not a "legalistic view" of Lent. It is a requirement of the Church, who does have legitimate authority over us.
This is exactly the legalstic view I'm talking about. Obviously, the OP is concerned enough to ask. You seem to be suggesting that this is a mortal sin, even though the OP said he couldn't help himself.
You should take your own advice; you have no authority to deem this person as sinful or not. And yes, I do happen to understand the Church's position on this matter, I'm just don't consider myself to have the authority to declare another person sinful or not, nor do I consider myself in a position to judgel another Christian as "that weak".
Best that they consult with their priest; we are in agreement there.