businessinsider.com – Beware of fast food this Lenten season.
We called several fast-food restaurants across the US who confirmed that they use beef oil to cook products in their restaurants, putting conscientious Catholics in danger of breaking no-meat Fridays during Lent.
For instance, Captain D’s seafood chain is advertising a special Lent menu this year: The Flounder Feast. We called several of its restaurants across the US who confirmed that it uses beef tallow, which is made from rendered animal fat, in some of its restaurants.
Captain D’s did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Other Captain D’s locations that we called in Texas and Memphis, however, said soybean oil is commonly used.
McDonald’s was sued in the ’90s for using meat tallow to cook its fries. The lawsuit cost the chain $10 million; it now cooks with vegetable oil.
While the Catholic church does not consider beef oil to be the same as eating meat, it is still a concern for people practicing Lent.
David Wood, director of worship at the diocese of Austin, said people should steer clear of these products. “My impression is that the church doesn’t get that specific, but I think generally the answer should be that they probably shouldn’t be eating it,” he told Business Insider.
According to The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website: “abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consomme, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are technically not forbidden.”
Oh geez don’t let the Filet-O-Fish have you fucked up out here during Lent people