Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has granted the faithful of the Diocese of Rochester a dispensation from the law of abstinence from meat on the Fridays of Lent for this year.
Bishop Matano granted the dispensation in an effort to assist people who may have difficulties in shopping for food or other reasons that would make this practice difficult at this time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fridays of Lent remain days of penance and prayer, the bishop noted.
Regulations for Lenten sacrifice are based on the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Under normal circumstances, all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for Catholics over 14.