Detroit-Area Catholics Permitted to Eat Rodent

A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat "on days of abstinence, including Fridays of Lent."

  • Published 16 April 2019

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate. A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native to the area — "on days of abstinence, including Fridays of Lent," according to the Archdiocese of Detroit. The custom dates to the region's missionary history in the 1700s… Read at AP News