1. Allison

    I have a Lenten question about this soup. Our parish church is hosting soup and stations on Fridays during Lent, and per one of your (Leila) previous posts we (kids and I) went to do the stations. My question involves the use of the meat broth in the soup, I was told by someone there that meat broth was “cheating”. I personally didn’t think so since I feel that broth is more essence of meat rather then, well, actual meat. Would love to hear your thoughts on that.

  2. Allison, technically, the “products of meat” such as the broth and the fats are not breaking the abstinence. During the rest of the year I go ahead with this kind of soup on Fridays. During Lent, I might make it a clam chowder and use fish broth (although I still may use the bacon fat, just not the chicken broth), or serve this soup during the week and add the bacon bits in as well. Here is the page from the Bishops’ website for your perusal: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-resources/lent/questions-and-answers-about-lent.cfm

    It’s the kind of thing that could work in the family (to keep to the technicality of the thing), but maybe for the parish it is best to keep it completely meat free.

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