2nd Street and East Mahanoy Avenue,
Keep a strict watch over a headstrong
daughter, lest she make you a laughingstock to your enemies,
a source of gossip in the city and notorious among the people
and a disgrace to you before the great multitude.
(Sirach 42, 11)
Kateri, felis quae carnem devorat
in feriis sextis Quadragesimae
Kateri insists on eating meat on the Fridays of Lent. I told
her, Youre a bad Catholic! Good Catholics dont
eat meat on the Fridays of Lent! She said, You should
pay attention to what Bishop Barres says! He says that the law
of abstinence is binding only on those who have had their 14th
birthday. I said, But the Bishop was referring to
human years. In human years you are at least 70 years old.
Im sorry Kateri said but I have already
spoken with a doctor of canon law on this matter and he assures
me that I am not bound to the law of abstinence. Can
you give me his name? I asked. I choose not to
she said. Shes just blowing smoke! She never spoke with
any doctor of canon law! Im sure she didnt!