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Catholic bishops back ‘No Meat Friday’ campaign

“Skipping meat on Fridays can also help make us healthier as well boost the Church’s campaign on climate change”

At least two Catholic bishops have expressed their support for a “No Meat Friday” campaign during the 40-day season of Lent.

“Skipping meat on Fridays can also help make us healthier as well boost the Church’s campaign on climate change,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay in Palawan.

The prelate, who also heads the Episcopal Office on Stewardship said the observance of the “No Meat Friday” campaign can also help the environment.

“I am urging everyone to observe the No Meat Friday, to consume more fruits and vegetables for us to be healthier as well as to help preserve our environment,” said the prelate in an interview over Radio Veritas 846.

“We can skip eating meat on Fridays as part of our penitence and personal sacrifice in remembrance of the hardships that the Lord offered for our salvation,” said Bishop Pabillo.

He added, however, that people can skip meat on Fridays “not only during Lent but on a regular basis.”

Bishop Victor Bendico of Baguio also expressed support for the campaign.

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“It seems like many have become carnivorous, particularly the young. This has led to many health problems like heart attacks which happen during the mid-years of life,” noted the prelate.

“That is why I support the No Meat Friday campaign for health reasons. Excessive meat consumption can destroy our internal organs and may lead to a lot of illnesses,” said Bishop Bendico.

Catholics usually abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and on Fridays during Lent. Up until 1966 Church law prohibited meat on all Fridays throughout the entire year.

The revised Code of Canon Law of 1983 states that “Abstinence [is] to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence,” it added.

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