Catholic baseball fans want to eat meat on opening day


So it happens that Opening Day of the baseball season coincides with Good Friday, a day of "fasting and abstinence" according to Catholic tradition. (Then again, after Vatican II, the definition of "fasting and abstinence" weakened significantly. All that most people remember any more is "no meat".)

Catholics in Boston have applied to the archdiocese for a special dispensation so they can have a hot dog at the game. The Church said "Nice try".

But at least you can still order a beer.

Comments (14)
  1. Phil Scott says:

    I can think back to a couple of occasions we were allowed to eat meat on Friday by the diocese in grade school. I forget what the occasion actually was though. This is going to drive me crazy…

  2. Cooney says:

    What’s the big deal? It’s not like hot dogs are made of meat. I’m not sure what exactly they’re made of, but it ain’t meat.

  3. AndrewSeven says:

    I guess they don’t value their values very much. :P

    Why not ask the basball park to provide veggie dogs on that day

  4. Dave says:

    It’s been a long time since I was an observant Catholic, but I’m pretty sure that grade-school kids are technically exempt.

  5. Tony Cox says:

    Some ballparks do have veggie dogs, and almost all are going to have some kind of non-meat alternative available. That’s not the point. The point is that it’s opening day of the season, and they want a real hotdog damnit.

    Guess it all just comes down to which religion people believe in more strongly, Catholicism or Baseball…

  6. slide says:

    This is what happens when mysticism-derived stricture meets living a life as a thinking, rational human being that desires to actually live in the here and now, rather than living for some heretofore unseen, unverified fantasy prize.

  7. Mike Dunn says:

    I’d think that being a Red Sox fan alone was enough punishment. Eat the hot dog and enjoy the optimism that every team and fan has at the beginning of the season. ;)

  8. Mat Hall says:

    I don’t quite understand what the fuss is about anyway. Why on earth would they consider not selling hotdogs just because it’s Good Friday? Unless everyone who goes is a devout Catholic, it seems like a load of nosense…

  9. Mario Goebbels says:

    I don’t see what the deal is either. For religious people, it’s only a minor sin anyway, so what? Go to the church the day after and confess it to your favorite priest.

  10. Matt Warren says:

    They all deserve to suffer! No meat by-product for you! (and by ‘they’ I mean anyone that is actually emotionally torn by the issue.)

  11. Peter Torr says:

    Check out the following (in particular section 7):

    http://www.the-apa.co.uk/Information/meat2.html

  12. Karen says:

    I dont really see the big deal. If you cant go one day without a hot dog then you really should look at your life. Also catholics always do things wrong then just go and confess and that makes it all better. Have your hotdog and confess it the next day. Whats the worst that will happen? A few hail marys and your right again.

  13. Raymond Chen says:

    Doing something you know is bad with the intention of confessing it sort of misses the point of the exercise.

  14. Sunday is a day of celebration.

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