I write that title with a little chuckle under my breath. That's always been my mantra. Well, not always, but for many years. If it's good enough for the pope, I say it's good enough for me. Anything, really. I can not be holier than the pope.
And it is with much levity that I ask the question, "Are you holier than the pope?" because I recently made a discovery that makes me wonder if I have made that mistake.
For many years we have been a family of meatless Fridays. It was not long after we began homeschooling that I made the discovery that Catholics, according to the Code of Canon law, are still called to be meatless on all Fridays, not just those that fall during the 40 days of Lent. It was quite a revelation when I made this discovery, especially since it is never a topic of a Sunday homily. Since that time, we have been meatless on Fridays, much to the irritability of my offspring, who like their meat.
We have friends who are priests who do not follow this practice and I always thought that was kind of funny. But, recently, when my second son went for a weekend visit at the Pontifical College Josephinum, I discovered that the pope's own seminary does not follow the practice either (the Pontifical College Josephinum is the pope's only seminary in North America). When Josh came home from his weekend, I asked him what they ate on Friday, and he answered "burgers, pizza, chicken," typical dormitory fare.
Wow. No fish Friday at the seminary? Maybe I'm being a little too picky about it.
So, in the nature of Q & A (I ask, you answer), I ask (again, with much levity, and absolutely no judgment) "Are you holier than the Pope?" In other words, "Do you eat meat on Friday?" For the time being, we are (eating meat), but the jury is still out.