Not so fast.

Author:Lockwood, Bob
Position:Correspondence - Letter to the Editor

In "To Fast Again" (March 2005), Eamon Duffy refers favorably to the statement the bishops of the United States issued while lifting the mandatory abstinence from meat on Fridays. In that document, the bishops had a cautionary word for the great majority of Catholics who, they anticipated, would maintain the traditional discipline. They were told not to look down on those few who would seek out alternative penances.

Within a week, however, you were hard pressed to find a Catholic anywhere in the United...

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