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Does anyone know what the original source is for the USA's dispensation to eat meat on the Friday after Thanksgiving by Pope Pius XII?

I've searched a good bit and can't find anything. It all seems to hinge around "he said so." I know that local bishops would offer the dispensation, as my mother told me her bishop did in NY way back when. But that's when we had decent bishops with ordinary jurisdiction! :)

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Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:27 pm
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Such an act didn't need papal authority, so the story may be apocryphal. Any bishop could make sure a local law for his diocese. In Australian dioceses it was universal, as far as I can find, to except St. Patrick's Day from the Lenten fast. :)

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In Montana, the Bishop of Helena always sent a letter to every parish which was read from the pulpit giving the dispensation from the Friday fast for the Friday after Thanksgiving. He also did the same for St. Patrick's Day in Lent. Although I am not certain about this, I seem to recall both were pretty much universal in the U.S.

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