A vegan Lent?

photo of hands holding various colours of beansMarch 6, 2019 — With Lent comes the beginning of the lean days of the liturgical calendar, after the excesses of the table, the fat feasts and the well-drunk evenings of the carnival and the Mardi Gras. Why not take advantage of Lent to refrain completely from eating meat, not even fish or seafood? This is the challenge that ecologists have given to Pope Francis. The One million dollar Vegan campaign, supported by several public and media personalities, invites the Pope, the Church and the whole people of God to eat vegan during Lent.

Referring explicitly to the Encyclical Laudato si and Pope Francis' commitment to the fight against climate change, this group of ecologists invites the Holy Father to preach by example.

"Your Holiness, we must act. Moving towards a plant-based diet will have substantial environmental benefits. It will protect our land, trees, oceans, and air, and help feed the world’s most vulnerable. It can also benefit human health, as a plant-based diet has been proven to reduce the risk of many common chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. As a result, a growing number of doctors and dieticians are advocating vegan diets in documentaries such as What the Health."

Veganism in debates

In the last few weeks, a controversy has been raging on both sides of the Atlantic about the virtues of the vegan diet.

In a vitriolic text, essayist Paul Ariès accused vegans of deception (in french), even going so far as to say that veganism would be... harmful to the environment. This debate has not spared Canada and Quebec, as evidenced by the many opinion papers published on this subject in recent days. Just like the heated debates that have taken place in recent months, after the federal government amended Canada's Food Guide and invited Canadians to make legumes a part of their diet.

Throughout the Americas, from Montreal to Buenos Aires, meat consumption is slowly but surely declining. What about Catholics? How is veganism compatible with Catholic ethics? This is the question that philosopher Louis-André Richard tries to answer in this video posted by ECDQ.tv, the web TV of the Quebec Diocese:





Recent News

May 16, 2019 — This past Saturday, May 11, the Jesuit Province of Canada celebrated the priestly ordination of Adam Douglas Hincks, SJ (Canada) and Edward Dawson Penton, SJ (Canada) and 5 diaconal ordinations at Saint Paul's Basilica in Toronto.

May 16, 2019 — Here is a brief summary of news and events that have happened or will happen in the next few days.

Father Gilles Morissette died in the evening of May 12, 2019, at the infirmary of Richelieu. He was in his 80th year and in religious life for 56 years. He devoted much of his time to spiritually accompanying people "who have been placed on his way".

May 16, 2019 — The magazines Relations and Au cœur du monde have just launched their new editions. These have us travlling to various places leading us to view the world in a critical and contemplative manner.

May 16, 2019 — From May 1 to 3, dozens of Directors of Apostolates gathered at the Villa St. Martin retreat centre in Montreal. They began to reflect about that very same question: how to start appropriating the UAP in our local Canadian contexts.

May 16, 2019 — The Jesuit Curia in Rome has just published a set of resources entitled: “Praying with the Preferences”, which provides seven documents to enable the reader not only to pray but to enter more deeply into the journey of renewal and conversion offered by the UAP.

May 9, 2019 — On May 7, the founder of L'Arche, Jean Vanier, passed away in Paris. This “giant of God’s kindness,” as the Vatican stated, touched the heart, among others, of several Canadian Jesuits.

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