RORATE CÆLI: The Friday after Thanksgiving Day indult …

A friendly and tasty reminder that there is a strong argument to be made that there is no required abstinence from meat this Friday.

While always a topic of great discussion, it is a fact that Pope Pius XII granted Americans a dispensation from their Friday abstinence, so that they may enjoy turkey the Friday after Thanksgiving. I say “enjoy” turkey because that is truly the only reason he would have granted it — the arguments over refrigeration and whether meat would spoil don’t hold water since wide-spread, in-home refrigeration (as well as cable TV) actually did exist in the 1950s.

So eat your turkey this Friday and give great thanks to a merciful God for all that we have to be thankful for. And, while you’re at it, thank and pray for Pope Pius XII before you dive into that turkey, that he may be canonized a saint soon.

Also, there will be no posting of souls for the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society this week. All souls sent in will be posted next week.

A reminder on how to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: “Name, State, Country”. If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: “The Jones family, Rome, Italy“. Individual names are preferred. Be greedy — send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends

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