I've heard various things on meat broth for Lent. Nothing very authoritative, but if memory serves, the old Catholic Encyclopedia says meat broth is okay. Go figure. I would consider it a meat product, too.
If you want some historical head-scratching, read the description of fasting in the old Encyclopedia. It was SO complicated!
Has anyone ever heard the story that the reason Catholics eat fish on Fridays is because some Pope of centuries gone by wanted to boost the papal fishing industry? I actually read this in a history book (which I promptly destroyed).
Of course it isn't true. Catholics were never REQUIRED to eat fish on Fridays (and many are glad of that!). Fish was permitted so that the poor wouldn't suffer too much. Imagine! Fish being poor people's food! Meat was to be abstained from, of course, but this didn't affect the poor too much as they could't usually afford it anyway.
Some Lenten history for you...
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