PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is dispensing the obligation to abstain from eating meat on Lenten Fridays — except for Good Friday — amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“As you are aware, many of the shelves and cases in our supermarkets are sparse if not empty. This is a time when pastoral necessity has informed my decision effective today,” Bishop David Zubik said in a press release.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has already cancelled all its fish frys.

In a press release, the diocese also says priests are permitted to hear confessions in church parking lots, “following specific guidelines to preserve the
sanctity of the sacrament.”

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