We are a vegetarian family, so we find other ways to fulfill our Lenten Friday sacrifice obligations. I mention this because it may be that being vegetarian influences our opinions…
Recently I went to a meal take-out place and they advertised certain dishes as vegetarian for Lent. I found one to have chicken broth in the ingredients. I very politely told them that they probably should not advertise that dish as being appropriate for Lent and they were grateful for the education.
When I got home I asked my husband if he thought a dish with chicken broth is Lent-approved and he said “Absolutely not,” so he agreed with me that I should have said something. However, it got me wondering about it still. Are we just more sensitive to this issue because we are vegetarians?
What does the Church consider a non-meat meal to be specifically, i.e., is a meal containing meat broth considered a non-meat meal? Would most Catholics be upset to have eaten a meal for Lent and later found it to have been made with meat broth?