Learning that St. Patrick Parish, Stephensville, in the Green Bay Diocese, was under attack for scheduling pig ‘rasslin’ at its annual parish festival, I thought, “What would The Crusher have done?”
If you are unfamiliar with the late Crusher, a Catholic who died in 2005, he was “Milwaukee’s Favorite Son” in the professional wrestling business. To say the least, he had a way with words. My guess is he would have asked the pig to be his tag-team partner, gotten into the mud with him, and taken on Global Conservation LLC and Showing Animals Respect and Kindness Inc. – those denying the pig and parishioners some good, “clean” fun.
With its “Roundup” scheduled for Aug. 8-9, the parish posted the following on its Website:
“After much prayer and many hours of discussion, we realize that what we had for 44 years in the Original Pig Rassle was memorable, legal and great family fun (emphasis added). We also realize that our parish and diocesan talents could be better spent in areas that are less controversial. It is with great regret that we have discontinued the Original Pig Rassle, we are however, very excited to begin this new tradition at St. Patrick Parish.”
Note to parishes that have cake walks: You may be the next target. After all, the winner is going to eat that cake!