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Aaron wrote:

Hi, guys —

My name is Aaron.

  • I'm not Catholic.
  • I have no Catholic friends or family members,
  • nor have I ever met any Catholics during my life, and
  • I know nothing about the Roman Catholic Church.

I'm not interested in converting or anything, nor am I interested in knowing anything else about the Church, however, I heard a rumor that Catholics aren't allowed to drink milk.

  • Is this true?

I can't find it online anywhere, but I figured this doesn't mean it's false. I found your web site and was hoping you could tell me the validity of this rumor.

Thanks so much!


  { I recently heard a rumor that Catholics aren't allowed to drink milk. Is this true? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Aaron —

Thanks for the question.

It used to be true, a long time ago, (over 100 years ago I think), that Roman Catholics were not allowed to eat any animal products (including eggs and dairy) during certain seasons and fast days, including (Lent, the 40 days before Easter).

This was the ancient custom of the Christian church and is still observed by Eastern Rite Christians (including some Catholics), but there is no categorical prohibition against drinking milk; it's a discipline (not a moral issue) intended to point to the life to come.


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