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Dear Catholic Friends...

I just thought I'd let you know that eating alligator is OK for Lent.  Alligator being a kind of fish and all according to the Archbishop in New Orleans.  Also, I want to make sure you know that chicken is OK for lent as long as it's in butter sauce and served with boiled carrots.  And biiiig ol' greasy cheezburgers with a bit of bacon are OK for Lent.  Chocolate pudding and movie popcorn are also explicitly and theologically OK.  In fact, I'd like to take this opportunity to remind you that you have my personal permission to eat whatever you want during Lent.   I think the Archbishop would prefer you call the "whatever you want" by the title "seafood," however.


  1. Yes! And, don't forget cappybara, beaver and manatee!

    1. Oh, wow. Does that mean the Catholic Church STILL considers these animals fish? I thought it was just one oddball Archbishop catering to local tastes in this news story... I never imagined it had wider approval.

  2. I think it's safe to say that it's pretty much a non-issue. The manatees are protected, after all, and I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in the US with a taste for cappybara or beaver these days. I think it's mostly an outdated thing left over from a time when things were rougher and food more scarce. I suppose one could eat alligator when in Florida or Louisiana, though. :o)

  3. There just has to be something fishy about calling a steak seafood. But I'll do it if it keeps people happy.

    1. Ha ha! I was kidding about that. It just strikes me as beyond wacky that someone would label an alligator a "fish."


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