British cardinal urges Catholics to show "solidarity" with the poor by fasting

He also wants them to show solidarity with ignoramuses by skipping school, with the homeless by not bathing, and with “nice guy” beta males by abstaining from sex. I presume.

How about eating full meals and donating more to charity instead?

The Archbishop of Westminster has called upon Roman Catholics to practise fasting as a sign of solidarity with the world’s poor.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy- O’Connor, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, is urging his flock to return to the “simple life” to counter the culture of consumerism…

The Cardinal makes his plea for fasting as the Catholic aid agency Cafod begins its Live Simply campaign, in which Christians pledge to cut back on excess in a stand against “consumerism, celebrity and hype” and to help those living in poverty…

The Cardinal ate soup and a roll for lunch yesterday and a small piece of fish for supper.