Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Extraordinary Form of the Corned Beef
Due to St. Patrick's Day falling in Holy Week this year, the Bishops have shifted the date of his liturgical celebration to Friday 14th March. Canon lawers have been working furiously to find a way out of the corned beef dilemma. It has never been a dilemma for me, because, even though I am 100% Irish on my Father's side, and entitled to an Irish passport should I feel the urge, the sight of a plateful of corned beef and cabbage turns my stomach. The fact that this particular "traditional Irish meal" was unheard of in the Emerald Isle until the 'Irish-Americans' started exporting the St. Patrick's day hoopla, doesn't seem to matter. A real Irish meal would be a nice plateful of boiled spuds, with skins melting off, slathered in nice Kerrygold butter - yum!
The Canon lawers have come up with the 'Corned Beef Indult - Extraordinary Form' -:Friday of the last week of Lent will not be Friday, even though it will be the day after Thursday and the day before Saturday. As Tiny Tim might say, were he thinking of Canon lawers (and we have no evidence he wasn't) "Gawd Bless 'Em, one and all!"