For the first time in 73 years, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day (February 14).
This confluence has many devout Catholics feeling conflicted, as Ash Wednesday is one of two days on the religion’s calendar where “fasting and abstinence are required,” notes Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York.
Last year, when St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Friday in Lent, Cardinal Timothy Dolan issued a special dispensation permitting Catholics to eat corned beef and cabbage when consuming meat would otherwise be discouraged. But as The New York Times notes, Ash Wednesday is a more serious consideration, which has compelled Catholic leaders to urge followers to celebrate Valentine’s Day some other time this week.
In other words, no love for Catholics on the day designed for it, if you know what I mean...