PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence says Catholics who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day had better reschedule.
Valentine’s Day this year coincides with Ash Wednesday, a penitential holiday that is among the most solemn of the year. It begins Lent and carries with it an obligation to fast and abstain from meat.READ MORE: Boston Ranked As The Second-Best City For Singles In America
Bishop Thomas Tobin says Ash Wednesday has priority. He tells WPRO-AM he’s not even sure he has the authority to issue dispensations from the holiday’s requirements.READ MORE: CVS, Walgreens Will Start Offering Pfizer COVID Vaccine Booster Shots
Tobin says the day “belongs to God, and we shouldn’t take it away from him.”
Rhode Island is the most Catholic state in the nation, with 44 percent of those surveyed by Gallup in 2017 identifying as Catholic.MORE NEWS: Craig Sprowl Charged In Hit And Run That Killed Retired Hudson, NH Police Officer Donna Briggs
Tobin suggests those who want to celebrate should do so on Tuesday instead.