Religion: Lent for Man & Beast

Should animals observe Lent? In his Lenten pastoral letter, Britain's William Cardinal Godfrey, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, suggested that 1) Catholic families observe Ember Friday (Feb. 24) by fasting and donating the money thus saved to relief of the "hungry and starving," and 2) pets be fed with less expensive foods. "A plump and pampered poodle might run all the more gaily after a reduced diet, simpler fare, and perhaps after having been denied a visit to the hair stylist. If this suggestion seems odd, turn to the third chapter of the Book of Jonas, in which we read that,...

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