Thursday, February 15, 2024

Pope Says 'To Eat Whatever For Lent'

In a surprising announcement, Pope Francis has given Catholics permission to eat whatever they want for Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and penance that precedes Easter. The Pope said that he wanted to show mercy and compassion to those who are struggling with the pandemic and its effects on their lives.

According to Vatican News, the Pope made the statement during his weekly general audience on Wednesday, February 14 . He said that Lent is a time of conversion and renewal, but also of solidarity and sharing. He said that he was aware of the difficulties that many people are facing due to the coronavirus crisis, such as hunger, poverty, unemployment, and isolation. He said that he wanted to offer them a sign of hope and encouragement.

The Pope said that eating whatever one wants for Lent does not mean giving up on the spiritual dimension of the season. He said that it is still important to pray, fast, and give alms in other ways, such as by helping those in need, being kind to others, and forgiving those who have hurt us. He said that eating whatever one wants for Lent is a way of expressing gratitude to God for the gift of life and the abundance of his creation.

The Pope's announcement has been met with mixed reactions from Catholics around the world. Some have welcomed it as a gesture of mercy and understanding, while others have criticized it as a deviation from the traditional teachings of the Church. Some have also questioned whether the Pope has the authority to change the rules of Lent, which are based on the Scriptures and the centuries-old traditions of the Church.

The Church teaches that Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. During Lent, Catholics are supposed to abstain from meat on Fridays and fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means eating only one full meal and two smaller meals that do not equal a full meal. Abstinence means refraining from eating meat or any food made from animals, such as cheese, eggs, or milk.

The Church says that these practices help Catholics to detach themselves from worldly pleasures and focus on their relationship with God. They also help them to identify with Christ, who suffered and died for our sins, and with the poor, who often lack food and other necessities. The Church says that fasting and abstinence are not ends in themselves, but means to an end: namely, growing in love for God and neighbor.

The Pope has not issued any official document or decree to formalize his announcement. He has only spoken about it during his general audience, which is not a binding source of authority for the Church . Therefore, it is unclear whether his statement is meant to be taken as a suggestion or a command, and whether it applies to all Catholics or only to those who are in difficult situations.

Some experts have suggested that the Pope's statement should be interpreted in light of his personal style and his pastoral approach. They say that the Pope is not trying to change the doctrine or the discipline of the Church, but rather to emphasize the spirit and the purpose of Lent. They say that the Pope is inviting Catholics to reflect on what Lent means for them personally and how they can live it more authentically and meaningfully.

April is a month away, but here is an early APRIL'S FOOL!  The truth of the matter is that this story is FALSE.  Someone made up a quote and posted it on social media.  He never stated this and would never state this.  This goes to show how social media can be dangerous in regards to spreading false information. It is important that people vet articles and posts carefully and not automatically take things as fact. 


Source:

: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2024-02/pope-francis-general-audience-lent-coronavirus.html

: https://www.catholic.com/tract/the-lenten-season

: https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year-and-calendar/lent/catholic-information-on-lenten-fast-and-abstinence

: https://www.catholic.com/qa/what-are-the-rules-for-fasting-and-abstinence-in-the-catholic-church

: https://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c2a4.htm

: https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/audiences/2024/02/documents/papa-francesco_20240214_udienza-generale.html

: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2024/02/14/pope-francis-lent-coronavirus-240265

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