Fasting in the Catholic Church
Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and other items made with meat products) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Those that are excused are the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illness such as diabetes. Also excluded are are pregnant or nursing women. In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting. Abstinence laws consider that meat comes only from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs.