I don't know about you all, but I get conflicting stories when it comes to Friday abstinence. Some say we don't do it anymore, others say that "oh, yes we do!", still others say it's not official but if you want to its your option.
So I went digging.
Here's what I found...
From the Code of Cannon Law:
Can. 1249 The divine law binds all the Christian faithful to do penance each in his or her own way. In order for all to be united among themselves by some common observance of penance, however, penitential days are prescribed on which the Christian faithful devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their own obligations more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence, according to the norm of the following canons.
Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Can. 1252 The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.
Can. 1253 The conference of bishops can determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence as well as substitute other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety, in whole or in part, for abstinence and fast.
from the Vatican Website, Code of Cannon Law (CLICK HERE).
The USCCB has done what Can. 1253 perscribes. Directly from the USCCB Website:
Good Friday—Christ suffered and died for our salvation on Friday. On the Friday that we call "Good," the Church gathers to commemorate Jesus' Passion and death. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. The Good Friday fast is the Paschal fast—a fast of anticipation and longing for the Passover of the Lord, which should continue, when possible, through Holy Saturday.
Fridays During Lent—In the United States, the tradition of abstaining from meat on each Friday during Lent is maintained.
Fridays Throughout the Year—In memory of Christ's suffering and death, the Church prescribes making each Friday throughout the year a penitential day. All of us are urged to prepare appropriately for that weekly Easter that comes with each Sunday.
from USCCB Website, "Penitential Practices for Today's Catholics: Penitential Days" (CLICK HERE)
The USCCB also lists on the same page 15 forms of penance that we can do every Friday of the year. So the answer is YES, we still abstain from meat on Fridays, and we have 14 other options to do along with (or instead of if you are unable to abstain).
As a bit of commentary, I love this statement from the USCCB: "All of us are urged to prepare appropriately for that weekly Easter that comes with each Sunday." If every Sunday is Easter, then every Friday is Good Friday.
So let's all make it a Good Friday!
UPDATE: I added more information about Friday abstinence HERE.