■ PALMA GRANTS FILIPINOCHI­NESE CATHOLICS DIS­PEN­SA­TION ON NEW YEAR

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Filipino-Chi­nese Catholics in Cebu can eat meat dur­ing the Chi­nese New Year de­spite the Len­ten sea­son’s sup­posed ab­sti­nence. Cebu Arch­bishop Jose Palma granted dis­pen­sa­tion from ob­serv­ing the prac­tice of ab­sti­nence this Fri­day. Catholics aged 14 to 60 years old are sup­posed to avoid eat­ing meat and to fast on all Fri­days of Lent, Ash Wed­nes­day and Good Fri­day. Dis­pen­sa­tion, said Palma, is a com­mon prac­tice by bish­ops in the coun­try to show sol­i­dar­ity with Filipino-Chi­nese Catholics who want to cel­e­brate their New Year, although the lat­ter are re­minded to en­gage in acts of mercy and char­ity.

Ce­buano Catholics, par­tic­u­larly those of Chi­nese de­scent, will be al­lowed to eat meat dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of Chi­nese New Year to­mor­row.

Cebu Arch­bishop Jose Palma granted them a dis­pen­sa­tion from ob­serv­ing the Len­ten prac­tice of ab­sti­nence dur­ing the Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions, which falls on Feb. 16, a Fri­day.

Catholics 14 to 60 are re­quired to ab­stain from meat and to fast on all Fri­days of Lent, Ash Wed­nes­day and Good Fri­day.

Arch­bishop Palma told re­porters that the dis­pen­sa­tion is a com­mon prac­tice done by bish­ops in the coun­try as a show of sol­i­dar­ity with Filipino-Chi­nese Catholics who want to cel­e­brate the Chi­nese New Year.

But Palma re­minded them that while they are al­lowed to eat meat to­mor­row, they should en­gage in acts of mercy and char­ity in re­turn.

Good works

“If able, please prac­tice good works, such as giv­ing alms to the poor,” Palma said.

The prelate said that last year, they also gave a sim­i­lar dis­pensa- tion to Filipino-Chi­nese Catholics in Cebu.

Ear­lier this year, Manila Arch­bishop Luis An­to­nio Car­di­nal Ta­gle is­sued a sim­i­lar dis­pen­sa­tion to Filipino-Chi­nese Catholics in the arch­dio­cese.

Un­der the Code of Canon Law, a dis­pen­sa­tion or the relaxation of a merely ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal law in a par­tic­u­lar case can be granted by those who pos­sess ex­ec­u­tive power within the lim­its of their com­pe­tence.

In the case of a dioce­san bishop like Palma, he can pro­vide dis­pen­sa­tion to the faith­ful from univer­sal and dis­ci­plinary laws im­posed by the Church. /

Un­der the Code of Canon Law, a dis­pen­sa­tion or the relaxation of a merely ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal law in a par­tic­u­lar case can be granted by those who pos­sess ex­ec­u­tive power within the lim­its of their com­pe­tence.

SUNS­TAR FOTO / ALEX BADAYOS

ASH WED­NES­DAY. A lay min­is­ter marks the fore­head of a child with a cross, as the en­tire Catholic Chris­ten­dom ob­serves the start of this Lent sea­son.

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