Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Tightening Catholic Lenten regulations

The latest trend in abstinence, however, is not to loosen Lenten regulations but to tighten them, especially if there's an endangered species to save. In Mexico, conservationists are pleading with Rome to declare that the meat of sea turtles -- a popular soup ingredient -- shouldn't be on the Lenten menu, even though the flesh of reptiles and other cold-blooded animals has generally been allowed.

If the Vatican cooperates, it can expect an arkload of follow-up requests. Next on the list is probably the green iguana, another threatened reptile that's on a Latin American soup recipe.

Wall Street Journal

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