Why can Catholics eat fish but not meat on Good Friday?
The tradition of eating fish on Good Friday is a response to the call for all Catholics to do penance. This includes abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Is fish on Friday a Catholic tradition?
The Catholic Church defines meat as the flesh of warm-blooded animals, so eating fish is permitted on Fridays. The practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays is centuries-old, but in 1985 the Catholic Church in England and Wales allowed Catholics to substitute another form of penance in its place.
When did the Catholic Church start no meat on Fridays?
In 866 A.D., Pope Nicholas I made Friday abstinence from meat a universal rule of the church. By the 12th century, abstinence and fasting on Friday, for penance as well as in memorial of Christ’s Passion, were common practices. Most Catholics were bound by the rules, even children as young as 12.