Lent in the age of the Impossible Burger: Do rules against eating meat on Fridays apply to fake meat?

This 2019 photo shows an Impossible Whopper burger at a Burger King in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

CHICAGO — Meat is forbidden on Fridays during Lent, driving many Catholics and other observant Christians to partake in fish frys, seafood specials and McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish during the season.