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Catholic Bishops Permitting Parishioners To Eat Meat During Lent Due To The Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the lives of millions of people drastically. In light of that, some Catholic bishops are saying that their faithful have given up enough, and are issuing statements saying that churchgoers don’t need to follow the usual “no meat on Fridays” rule of Lent.

While the actual practice of Lent differs between branches of Christianity, in Catholicism it involves giving something up for the 40-day period, plus not eating meat on Fridays. According to NBC, several Catholic bishops are alleviating that restriction for multiple reasons. Some are saying that it’s because folks are giving up “many other sacrifices” as is during the pandemic, while others refer to the fact that searching for certain types of food (ie. meat-free) has become hard given the current state of grocery stores.

I can personally speak to the struggle of finding meat-free foods at this time. As a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, I abstain from all meat, dairy, and fish products during the Lenten period. This has been extremely difficult this year, given that when I do go shopping, many stores are very low on stock or completely out of vegan products, including tofu, vegan meats, beans, and other substitutes I rely on during this time annually.

While these announcements may come as a welcome reprieve for some, particularly those struggling to find meat-free foods, not all members of the Catholic Church are on board with the idea. Some have taken to Twitter disagreeing with the decision, saying that they’ve already been denied other parts of the faith, like being able to congregate or partake in Holy Communion, during the pandemic.

“Why are we assumed to be so weak?” reads a tweet from one disapproving member. “Elijah, the prophets, and the saints would spit on us.”


How Talking Politics During Thanksgiving Could Have Worked In Your Favor

Politics and religion can be touchy subjects that make any get-together awkward.

Over the holiday weekend, the Twitter hashtag #SurvivalGuideToThanksgiving showed that you can spin this awkwardness in your favor, if you’re smart.

For instance, if you bring up politics during Thanksgiving, no one will judge you for leaving the room, and eating your dinner alone, without being bothered.

There’s also the chance that everyone will hate you, and simply leave you alone with all holiday goodies.

Then there’s this guy, who for a price, will gladly talk politics just to piss off your family.

Or if you want to avoid the holidays altogether, just do this.

Hit-Or-Miss News

Swimsuit Competition Recreates ‘Last Supper’ Sparking Major Outrage

An annual swimsuit competition in Brazil, the Miss Bumbum Pageant, is facing some major heat from religious leaders this past week after the magazine recreated the iconic “Last Supper” painting with models in bikinis, reports Maxim.

Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th Century, the work of art is considered one of history’s greatest religious masterpieces, depicting Jesus Christ’s last meal with his followers before his crucifixion. The newest take on that features eight models, in place of Christ and his disciples, wearing bikinis and posing ‘butts out’ to the camera.

Cacau Oliver, the pageant’s creator, told the Daily Mail that the biblical scenario was intended to recreate the tense atmosphere of the competition. Oliver went on to say that the photo took place during the “last” meeting of the women before heading into the grand finale of the competition.

Sexy Jesus herself, Daiana Fegueredo, issued a public apolgoy for the image. The model, pictured at the center of the piece, said she grew up Catholic and considers the photo blasphemy. Fegueredo says that ever since the shoot, she’s regretted being a part of the controversial image. She told the Daily Mail:

“We went too far. We were part of a great sin.”

The biggest sin, judging from the image, are the models sitting bare bottom on perfectly good food. Such as waste.

Fast Food

Christian Group Hopes to Lure Hungry Souls to Jesus by Building McDonald’s Inside Church


A religious group in New Jersey is willing to do anything to save the faith, including constructing a fully functional McDonald’s inside a church. Because nothing says Jesus like biting into a saucy Big Mac.

They’re calling it the McMass Project.

Created by Paul Di Lucca, creative director of the church branding agency Lux Dei Design, the McMass Project is the messiah to this generation’s apathetic churchgoers. Through a crowdfunding site, the multi-denominational group hopes to raise $1 million to build a church with a McDonald’s franchise inside.

Di Lucca told NBC that “Christianity is unable to capture modern audiences.” He attributes this to a lack of innovation and lack of design thinking within the church communities.

The McMass site reports that 3 million people leave the faith each year, causing thousands of churches to close down. On the other hand, 7o million people eat every day at McDonald’s. They believe that by combining the two, they can not only restore faith to their members, but also unite the community.

That’s a lot of pressure for a McDonald’s.

According to the fast food company, it costs a minimum of $750,000 of non-borrowed personal resources to even be considered for a franchise. A minimum of 25 percent in cash is required as a down payment for financing. Hence the $1 million goal.

Why on earth would McDonald’s be considered as a savior for religion? The group believes that while the franchise is not only a source of much-needed revenue, it will also act as a “gathering point” to draw in a wider audience.

If that’s the case, churchgoers should flock in droves once Hello Kitty toys cycle through again.

Key contributors of $1,000 or more will receive a special brick on the memorial wall of the McMass church, as well as hats and T-shirts. Cool. They’re also coining the hashtag #Feast4Jesus.

As of Tuesday, $242 has been raised.

H/T Fox News


Crucifixion Corn Dogs Are Real, and Just the Right Amount of Wrong


If seven-year-old Michael Procopio had a choice, this is what he’d serve after Easter Mass. Not blessed wafers that taste like sandals. Not bottomless, watered-down mimosas. No, if little Mikey P. called the shots, he’d know that Easter Sunday called for something better – something “delicious and filling” that “would still remind us of Christ’s suffering with each and every mouthful.” The answer would come easily – so easily, in fact, you’d think its inspiration was almost divine: Crucifixion Corn Dogs.

Citing the Catholic doctrines of Transubstantiation (the belief that the bread and wine become the actual body and blood of Christ) and fasting before the Eucharist as inspiration for the recipe, the Food for Thoughtless blogger mused that his Crucifixion Dogs would be “more substantial than a communion wafer, and more delicious, too,” but that “given the nature of hot dogs, you still won’t be certain from which part of the body they came.”

All it takes is a pair of wooden chopsticks, coffee stirrers to serve as crossbeams and a healthy amount of impiety to create your very own deep fried, mustard-drizzled model of Christ.


The most outstanding feature of the recipe, however, aside from Procopio’s mad mustard drawing skills, is his writing, which is made of equal parts deadpan reverence and unabashed snark. Par example, step four:

“4. Dip one crucifix into the batter, coating well. The batter should be firm and giving, but not run. If it is too dry, add a little milk. Too runny, add a little more flour. The batter is as forgiving as He is. Gently shake off any excess and lay directly into the pot of hot oil. Fry on one side for about 1 1/2 minutes. Using tongs, gently turn its other cheek and fry for the same amount of time. On the third minute, let it rise from the oil and rest on a shroud of paper towels to cool. Repeat until all crucifixes are battered and fried.

And his serving suggestion:

“Serves 8. To serve multitudes, pray over this recipe’s ingredients for as long as needed if you are perfect and without sin. For everyone else, multiply the recipe by hand.”


For anyone who’d rather shy away from blasphemy or who’s looking for something a little more secular, though, Procopio offers this alternative: “If the idea of squirting a mustard Jesus onto your corn dog makes you uncomfortable, you can still stay in theme by creating a condiment version of The Penitent Thief. Or The Impenitent one, if that is more your style.”

Historically accurate (?) foodstuffs, FTW.

Check out the full recipe here.

H/T + PicThx Laughing Squid


Cinnamon Sugared Bacon

These Cinnamon Sugared Bacon strips are sinfully good, which is probably why many religions consider it a sin to consume. If you are lucky enough to be able to eat pork, get your hands on some applewood smoked bacon rubbed down with brown sugar and cinnamon… You won’t regret it! (Thx HowSweatEats)


Video: "You Ain't Got No Pancake Mix!"

Anyone who has ever attended or even visited a college knows what a pleasure it is to have people yell about their religion to you. Hey I am totally for people and religion but no one likes to be yelled at when they are just innocently walking to class. The guy in this video took matters into his own hands. Who would of ever thought pancake mix and religion could match so well together?