When did the Catholic Church stop eating fish on Fridays?
Friday Fish in Modern Times
Fish prices around the world fell again in the 1960s, when Pope Paul VI loosened the meatless rules in “Vatican II.” His new constitution allowed local bishops’ conferences to substitute “other forms of penitence” for people in their territory.
Why do Catholics not eat meat on Friday?
“All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence” (Canon 1252). The U. S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) extended this law to include all Fridays in Lent. Since Jesus sacrificed his flesh for us on Good Friday, we refrain from eating flesh meat in his honor on Fridays.
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.