Today is Good Friday, the last time this Lenten Season Catholics will have the chance to impress God by ordering the Filet-O-Fish instead of the Big Mac.
My family didn't eat much seafood, so even though I was raised Catholic, I think my only adherence to the "fish on Fridays" rule was eating the fish sticks school provided at lunchtime.
Lent is a 40-day period denoting Jesus' 40 days wandering the desert before his crucixion and resurrection (Easter). And because of his suffering (bottled water and sunscreen had not yet been invented) and ultimate sacrifice, believers are asked to make sacrifices, too.
Lent is a noble idea, especially as it encourages some to give up smoking or other bad habits. But eating fish instead of meat on Fridays - what the hell kind of sacrifice is that?
First, fish is meat. Some can be forgiven (I guess) for not realizing this on their own, as even the dictionary is confused. (It says fish and fowl are not meat, and further down the same page says they are.)
Meat is animal flesh. Fish are animals, plain and simple. They're just "white meat" animals.
Second, giving up meat for a whole day a week is not exactly a sacrifice, is it? Come on, try a little harder, folks. Jesus faced the desert and the cross, and you think by using this little "fish is not meat" loophole that you're making a sacrifice? As if!
I've got a great suggestion for Lent for the church itself next year: Give up the bad habit of perpetuating your followers' ignorance about meat.