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Gary Duffala wrote:

Hi, guys —

This question has come up with a relative this Lent.

He said that chicken was not meat but fowl. I contend that it is meat. This was not put forth as a joke in the conversation, rather it was a serious conversation.

Thank you in advance for your reply.

Gary Duffala

  { About meat during Lent: — Is chicken meat or fowl? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi Gary,

Chicken is fowl, biologically, not meat. It is "meat" in terms of Christian abstinence, because abstinence pertained to animal flesh (Lat. caro, carnis).

Chicken is considered meat for fasting even though zoologically it is fowl. 

The Church no longer requires one to abstain from broth or seasonings made from meat.

Mary Ann
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