Are Lenten Fridays the appropriate time to enjoy lobster thermidor or all-you-can-eat fish and chips? A columnist argues that the answer is “no.” 

Recently on our OSV Daily Take blog (, Mary DeTurris Poust pointed visitors to a Feb. 26 piece in The American Spectator about the abstinence from meat on Fridays that takes issue with the fact that many Catholics use the no-meat rule to splurge on expensive seafood items. Columnist Christopher Orlet writes: “I know good Christian people who spend meatless Fridays at a local Cajun restaurant gorging on Acadian crawfish é touff é e, lobster pie, and oysters Rockefeller, all washed down with an expensive Beaujolais Nouveau. They may not be violating the letter of the law, but its spirit is being violated.” 

Of course, as a priest visiting our blog pointed out, meatless Fridays remind us that Christ shed his flesh for us and gave up his flesh for us on Good Friday. 

Therefore, every Friday during Lent reflects Good Friday, when we don’t shed blood or eat the flesh of warm-blooded animals. 

Still, Orlet’s column is serious food for thought. Abstinence is making a sacrifice that feels like a sacrifice.