Once you get past the pedophile sex and smug disregard for its flock, there’s plenty to love about the Catholic Church. Around here, that includes the many festivals that take place at parishes throughout the region, including St. Francis of Assisi in Gates Mills.
As part of its annual festivities last month, the parish treated a dozen youngsters to live bunnies as prizes at a game booth.
But the fur started flying when a half-dozen or so parents took news of the gesture straight to PETA, the international group devoted to looking like even bigger assholes than the Catholic Church.
St. Francis Pastor James Caddy says he received a letter from PETA a day or two after the carnival, kindly asking the parish to stop doling out God’s creatures like dollar-store trinkets.
“I think some parents were a little upset that if their kids won the rabbits, well then what do they do with them when they get home?” Caddy says. “It’s hard to tell a kid they can’t keep a cute little bunny.”
Caddy wasn’t aware that the game operator planned to hand out rabbits, but he immediately agreed with PETA’s request. Spokeswoman Genna Vaughan says the group shoots letters out to churches across the country throughout the summer and only rarely resorts to violence to achieve compliance.