A few people have inquired as to whether or not Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will give special dispensation for Catholics in southeastern Wisconsin who wish to attend Opening Day at Miller Park, as well as enjoy a hot dog or brat, on Good Friday. According to Archbishop Listecki, Good Friday is one of the holiest days of the year, and Catholics still must abstain from meat and poultry. (Click here to view Catholic guidelines regarding fasting and abstinence)
“Listen, I enjoy a brat at the ballpark as much as anybody and since Opening Day is against the St. Louis Cardinals, one might think that the painful reminder of the Brewers loss to the Cards in last year’s NLCS is penance enough, but, unfortunately, that’s not the way it works. Good Friday is one of the most solemn days of the Church year, and with a 3:05 p.m. opening pitch, Catholics have plenty of time to attend Good Friday services at their parish before heading to the ballpark or attend services after the game.
“I’m sure Doug Melvin and his crew will make sure there are plenty of fish frys available at the concession stands. As much as we love the Brewers, unlike Jesus, they didn’t die for your sins. With regard to beer and brats on Good Friday: let’s just say that’s why God created the 3-game series,” he added.