Furry Fish

The Curt Jester has this post about the capybara a South American aquatic rodent that missionaries asked the Pope to classify as a fish so it could be eaten during Lent.

Catholics in Michigan eat muskrat during Lent for the same reasons. There’s a fine article about the custom here. I like the final comment from the local bishop that he’s not too worried because eating muskrat is penance enough.

Anyway, does this mean I can grab Cindy-Yoohoo–my daughter’s hamster, throw it in the bathtub to make it an aquatic rodent, then have a hamster sandwich next Friday?

“Oooh, might be tasty. What about ‘is legs. ‘e doesn’t need those!”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    People in Louisiana eat the dear cousin of the capybara, the nutria…not that I ever heard of eating it specially at Lent, and it’s usually barbecued. I wonder if it’s ok to eat platypus during Lent in Australia?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08110341406524333073 chimakuni

    many years ago in a muslim country we lived in, the muslims would call pork ‘red chicken’ and eat away…reckon you can have your hamster, Father! But I think canon law 58:72 subsection 42 says it has to be baptized first.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01562944653624224107 Adrienne

    Ugh, Nutria are nasty little animals.Hamsters have to be breaded and deep fried.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06710927638399318664 A Simple Sinner

    Laugh at muskrat eaters all you wish… Have a good laugh and say “ewww groooooossssss”And then try some. Slow cooked with potatoes and carrots it is better than pot roast. And no more gross than whatever was in the hot dog you just ate… And certainly cleaner still than the pig that became your bacon!So any Archbishop of Detroit should come on down to St. Joseph’s in Erie, MI – fourth oldest parish in the diocese – and enjoy some muskrat.As luck would have it, every archbishop who has ever been made Cardinal has been bestowed that honor within a month of visiting St. Joe’s… So he may be in for more than a culinary treat!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12218771096085701665 Tito

    A Simple Sinner,You should try to the Chupacabra here in south Texas. Put it on a grill over burning oak, put some cilantro and jalapenos, soak with Shiner and waalaaa!Hmmmm goood.