My daughter's 4th birthday is on Friday and Daddy and I were talking about going out to dinner with my folks. They are practicing Catholics.
"So they have to eat fish on Friday, right?" he asked. "No, they just cannot eat Meat, y'know, beef, pork, chicken, etc." Then he asked why fish wasn't considered to be meat, and after 12 yrs of Catholic School, I couldn't answer him.
So why is that?
Is it a warm blooded vs cold blooded thing?
Did some Pope once upon a time strike up a deal with the fish mongers?
Why don't Catholics consider fish to be meat?
Answer by SleepingBeautee at 1:21 PM on Mar. 14, 2012
I just googled it and found this...
"Two major reasons:
1. Because for most of the history of Christendom, meat was a rather expensive treat, eaten on Sundays, for celebrations and special occasions. In contrast, shellfish and fish were basically free and available to anyone who picked them up off the rocks or baited a hook.
2. Because Christ sacrificed His flesh on Good Friday, we abstain from eating flesh.
I think that aquatic mammals may be considered "fish" rather than "meat" for this purpose."
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