USA    SOME BISHOPS GIVE DISPENSATION FOR ST PATRICK'S DAY
St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a time for Irish-Americans to indulge in big plates of corned beef and cabbage, but this year it falls on a Friday in Lent, when Catholics are encouraged to abstain from eating meat.
   Many Catholic bishops, including Boston's and New York's, are giving dispensation to parishioners who want to partake of the traditional meal.
   But some bishops are refusing to let their congregations off the hook. In Fall River, Mass., for example, Bishop Sean O'Malley has not issued a dispensation. As a result, Catholics with a hankering for corned beef next Friday may be heading for nearby Boston.
   
AP
15/3/00

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