Because fish are cold-blooded, they would not be regarded as meat under this definition. Others use the term “meat” to refer exclusively to the flesh of fur-covered mammals, which excludes animals like chicken and fish.
Why do Catholics think fish is not meat?
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, abstinence laws say meat is considered something that comes only from animals that live on land, like chicken, cows, sheep or pigs. Fish are considered a different category of animal. Charles Reid, a professor of canon law at the University of St.
Is fish considered meat for Lent?
The faithful not only abstain from meat but from eggs and dairy, too. Moreover, the Orthodox define meat as all animals with a backbone, including fish. Other kinds of seafood — shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, octopus, and squid — have the OK.
When did the Catholic Church start eating fish on Fridays?
About 1,400 years ago, Pope St. Gregory The Great added a rule stating Catholics will abstain from flesh and meat. Back then meat was considered more of a delicacy. “So what was left to eat was fish,” said Hausman.