Youngstown bishop: It’s OK to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Catholics in the Youngstown area who may be worried about missing out on some corned beef and cabbage this St. Patrick’s Day will have that opportunity.

Youngstown Bishop George Murry is granting a dispensation for Catholics to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day, which happens to fall on a Friday during Lent this year. The dispensation applies to Catholics in the Youngstown Diocese.

Catholics are supposed to abstain from eating meat on Fridays during lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and continues through Easter, on April 16. It has been a tradition for Catholics to fast during that time to recognize the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday.

In a bulletin from the Youngstown Diocese, Murry said Catholics in the Diocese of Youngstown can eat meat on that day. If they do choose to do so, however, they should undertake the Friday abstinence on another day that week of their choosing.

Murry isn’t the only bishop granting that dispensation. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also told Catholics that they could eat meat then.

As of Friday, the Columbus diocese has not announced any such dispensation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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