THE CHURCH

IF IT'S FRIDAY, IT MUST BE MACKEREL

Fishmongers, rejoice. If the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have their way, the eating of fish on Fridays may once again become a habit for American Catholics. When the hierarchy meets this week in Washington, it is likely to approve a one-year study on how to revive the old penitential practice of abstaining from meat each Friday. The bishops' pro-life committee wants the dietary regimen to serve as a silent protest against the "culture of death," especially legalized abortion and euthanasia. No meat on Fridays was long a strict church rule, observed by millions "under pain of sin." But in 1966, after...