Catholics cleared to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday during Lent.

For lovers of corned beef, it poses a dilemma.

But the Diocese of Rochester – as in years past – has granted a dispensation.

Catholics ages 14 and up – dependent upon health – give up meat on Fridays during Lent.

In a letter to the faithful, Bishop Salvatore Matano encourages Catholics to abstain from meat on another day during this week.