Can Catholics observe Lent AND eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day?

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

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We wondered: Can Catholics who are abstaining from meat while observing Lent receive the equivalent of a one-day pass that would allow them to enjoy corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day?

The answer, it turns out, is yes — under certain circumstances that are, well … complicated.

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We know the issue has come up in Dayton-area parishes, since this is the first year St. Patrick’s Day has fallen within Lent since 2006, according to this story from that explores the issue in great depth.

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The Catholic News Agency story shows that more than 80 dioceses in the U.S. have announced some form of dispensation on St. Patrick’s Day this year, but cautions that Catholics should check with their local diocese before partaking in “the celebratory meats.”

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So we posed the question to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which includes the Dayton, Hamilton, Middletown and Springfield areas. Here was the answer we received from Lisa J. Weber, Secretary to the Chancellor for the Archdiocese:

“If a Catholic in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati wishes to request a dispensation from the abstinence of meat on St. Patrick’s Day, we ask them to write to the Archbishop by postal mail. He will then consult with their pastor.”

So it might be a bit too late for this year. But now you know for the NEXT time the beloved Irish holiday falls on Lent.

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By the way, the best line from the Catholic News Agency story comes from J.D. Flynn, a canon lawyer and Special Assistant to Bishop James Conley in Lincoln, Neb. When the story’s author asked about her own extremely proud Irish grandmother who declared a dispensation for herself and all her Irish kin on St. Patrick’s Day, regardless of where they reside, Flynn’s response was:

“Your grandma was, with all due respect to her Irish brilliance, mistaken.”

Premature baby hippo Fiona packing on pounds, weighing in at 116 pounds 

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

The premature baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo, like the one pictured above, is growing, weighing in at 116 pounds Wednesday morning. 
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Fiona, the baby hippo born six-weeks early at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens in January and 25 pounds underweight, is making great progress and gaining weight, tipping the scales at 116 pounds Wednesday morning.

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The zoo is preparing to gradually introduce 2-month-old Fiona to her parents as she gets a little bigger. She caught a glimpse of her parents in their outdoor habitat this week, and can now hear and smell them.

“She isn’t quite ready to venture out herself, but is getting familiar with the look and smell of the great outdoors,” the zoo said on its website.

Fiona could weigh as much as 3,500 pounds one day, the average weight of an adult Nile hippo, which is so strong it can crush a crocodile with its jaws and sharp teeth, according to the zoo.

The hippo was born on Jan. 24 and was the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years.


Fiona catches a glimpse of her parents in their outdoor habitat. She isn't quite ready to venture out herself but is getting familiar with the look and smell of the great outdoors! In Africa, the great outdoors is constantly changing. A changing climate will impact a hippo’s habitat. River systems and wetlands are a major part of a hippo’s life, but increasing global temperatures and shifts in precipitation patterns will lessen the amount of water these lands receive, directly impacting a hippo’s home. Together, we can reduce our fossil fuel usage and carbon dioxide gas emissions in order to help protect habitats and livelihoods for future generations of healthy hippos and happy people. #teamfiona #fionafix #hippo #closeenoughtocare #cincinnatizoo #cincinnati

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Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 6:28 PM

Cats have gotten a bad rap, at least according to a new study that found your feline really does like you, even if it doesn’t always know how to show you, and it actually likes interacting with you more than it prefers food.

The study from Oregon State University researchers in the journal “Behavioral Processes” also determined that cats are trainable if given the right motivation.

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“Increasingly cat cognition research is providing evidence of their complex socio-cognitive and problem-solving abilities,” the study authors reported. 

Scientists studied pets and shelter cats and observed what happened when felines were given a choice of different stimuli, including toys, food, social interaction and scent.

Both pets and shelter cats preferred interacting with humans first, followed by food, the study found.

“Nonetheless, it is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable” according to researchers.

The disconnect could be due to an ignorance about the stimuli cats prefer and what motivates them.


Cats Like People Study Mar 29, 2017 - 12:37 PM

Giant gator interrupts golf match, strolls through links like a regular player  

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 2:12 PM

A giant alligator, like the one pictured here, only larger, sneaked up on golfers at a South Carolina golf tournament, then disappeared into a lagoon just as quickly.
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A giant alligator interrupted a golf tournament in South Carolina, sneaking onto the links and sauntering by stunned golfers who watched in amazement as the dinosaur-like creature walked by.

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Players teed off at the 10th Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational on Kiawah Island on Monday, but the star of the competition wasn’t a golfer. It was the huge gator that showed up on the links and strolled through the course like a golfer on tour.

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Instagram user mayorjuan posted a recording of the huge beast.

The Post and Courier’s headline read “It was literally a dinosaur.”

The huge beast eventually disappeared into a nearby lagoon, where golfers had been standing a short time earlier.


Must-see: Florida firefighters rescue kitten, ducklings in distress

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 5:27 AM

Florida's Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue team has been busy fighting fires ... and saving baby animals

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This week firefighters helped a kitten and some ducks that were in distress. 

Their efforts started Sunday when ducklings got stuck in a drain. Don’t worry, they are safe now.

Animals were in peril again on Monday when a days-old kitten got stuck in a crane. Firefighters were called to Weston after a fisherman said he heard meowing from the machinery, WSVN reported. 

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The kitten was saved and brought to a vet for care, according to WSVN.

The firefighters’ efforts didn’t go unnoticed. People on Facebook and Twitter applauded them for saving the animals. 


Read more at WSVN.


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