Each year, we revisit the burning question of our generation:
Did the “Turkey Indult” really happen?
In 1958, did Pope Pius XII allow Catholics to eat meat the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Of course it’s real. I saw it on Facebook. The answer is no…and yes. The Turkey Indult did happen, but not how we think.
A definitive answer Let’s cut to the chase. Contrary to many blog posts and memes out there, we can confidently say that there was a papal turkey indult in 1958, thanks to this Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper article.