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Fast and abstinence in jail
Question from George on 01-29-2013:

During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere, and it is sinful not to observe this discipline without a serious reason (physical labor, pregnancy, sickness, etc.). Is being in prison or jail reason to not abstain from meat on Fridays of Lent?

Answer by Catholic Answers on 01-30-2013:


It depends on the situation of the individual prisoner, who should consult with his chaplain for guidance. Certainly, it would be a fine thing for someone in prison to join in the communal penance of the Church if he is at all capable of doing so.

Michelle Arnold
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