Randy asked:

Why is fish not considered meat and it's okay to eat during Lent?

Marcellino D'Ambrosio replied:

"Well if you go back to the time of Jesus and you think about the Sea of Galilee fish is pretty plentiful and it's pretty inexpensive. Killing a cow or killing a sheep that's a huge deal...it was like giving up your car. It's a very costly item.

In the ancient world meat is much more precious than fish, that's really how it's seen as a luxury. And to this day...in southern Italy they don't eat the vast quantities of meat that we do. They don't have the vast quantities of meat that we have in the United States where cattle are plentiful...

This isn't just a Roman thing. I was just talking to a Coptic Christian from Egypt today and in their fast, theirs is much stricter... fish is allowable only on feast days and Sundays during Lent. So they consider fish to be less of a luxury... there is basically no meat from the beginning of Lent to Easter. So that's where it comes from."


Catholic Answers, "Getting the most out of Lent" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2015)

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Show air date: February 25, 2015

Name of show: Getting the most out of Lent

Guest comments by: Marcellino D'Ambrosio

Question appeared in show: 20:19

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