Catholics allowed to eat meat on lenten Friday as Masaka diocese ordains new Priests


By Bernard Ngabirano

Yesterday 19th March, the Catholic church was celebrating the solemnity of St.Joseph, the husband of Virgin Mary. Despite being a Friday of the Lenten season when meat is a restricted food to be eaten on that day, the faithful were allowed to eat meat in celebrating this feast day as required in the canon law.

According to Canon 1251 of 1983 code of canon law, when a Friday occurs on a day listed as a a solemnity, there is no requirement to abstain from meat.

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Catholics world over are restricted from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and every Friday of the lent unless when required by canon law.

Many Catholic dioceses celebrated in different ways.

In Kampala Archdiocese, the ordinary Cyprian Kizito Lwanga issued a decree dispensing the faithful from abstinences to eat meat.

“I dispense the all the faithful of Kampala Archdiocese who desire to eat meat today as we celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph from the requirements of canon 1251,…” read excerpts of the decree.

In Masaka Catholic Diocese, the Bishop, Serverunus Jjumba Ordained 17 new priests and 13 new deacons.

Attendance was by invitation as a mean of observing the COVID-19 Sops.

Bishop Jjumba asked the new priests and deacons to be trust worthy while serving the flock.

13 seminarians who were ordained to Deacons at Masaka Diocese headquarters on March 19.
The newly ordained priests dancing to Thanksgiving hymns.

The ordination Mass took place at Kitovu Cathedral in Masaka District.

Ordination pictorials.

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