The Columbus Dispatch recently ran a piece on Shrove Tuesday which ends with an unintentionally funny thought:
In terms of today’s Catholic calendar, Shrove Tuesday has no significance, said the Rev. Shawn McKnight, professor of liturgy at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Shrove Tuesday to Lent is like Halloween to All Saints’ Day.
‘‘It’s simply a cultural creation," McKnight said. ‘‘It’s a good example of the interplay of ritual faith tradition and existing culture."
Even though he’ll seek a little extra pre-Lent dessert, possibly something chocolate, he cautions against overdoing.
‘‘There’s not much spiritual benefit to one who indulges in appetites excessively in anticipation of Lent," McKnight said. ‘‘We would not advocate that."