St. Patrick is one of our Archdiocese's patron saints, noted Tod Tamberg, the Cardinal's spokesman.
This dispensation is a kindness to everyone who thinks they are acting Irish by having corned beef on March 17. I would still take fish and chips over corned beef any day. And fish and chips are far more prevalent in the Auld Sod, anyway.
But on the subject of dispensations: What if we each ask our Cardinal to stop giving pro-abortion politicians a "dispensation" from being pro-life as is their Catholic, American and human duty? After all, appearing with them in public, especially in the Cathedral, conveys the impression that being pro-abortion is no big deal.
And what if we ask our hierarchy, nationwide, to stop giving "dispensations" to Catholic schoolteachers from their Catholic obligations to observe Catholic parents' rights and to protect Catholic children in their innocent latency years from soul-molesting miseducation programs such as "Talking about Touching?"
St. Patrick, pray for us all!