Cardinal Seán Brady of Ireland has issued a statement urging Catholics to forgo the consumption of eggs on Fridays in an act of protest against the introduction of abortion in Ireland. According to the Cardinal, the consumed egg - whether boiled, scrambled, fried, poached etc - is symbolic of the broken sacred union between woman and unborn child.
Brady has been lauded by several prominent members of the Roman Catholic Church for his "absolute concern for infant life and health." This new move is viewed as a modernising force in the Irish Catholic Church which has been criticised in the past for being too old-fashioned and unwilling to change. One priest commented that Brady's statement may be welcomed by Catholic vegans as it is inclusive of their lifestyle choice.
In a recent interview Cardinal Brady said,
"If we begin with changing what's on people's dinner plates we can then move in on their minds. I have always been deeply concerned with the lives of children and I hope that the new fasting programme will help to strengthen my work record in the area of children's rights."
It is expected that the Cardinal will add baby vegetables to the fast in due course.