Christchurch Bishop condemns Easter Sunday jelly wrestling

This week CathNews presents the top stories from 2006. This story was originally published on 7 April 2006

The Catholic Bishop of Christchurch hopes people will celebrate Easter the traditional way, and not attend a semi-nude jelly-wrestling event.

Newstalk ZB reports that on Easter Sunday a pub in New Zealand's Canterbury province, Christchurch, is holding a jelly-wrestling event that involves two women fighting in bikinis.

Owner of the Wheatsheaf Tavern, Donna Blackburn, admits it is possible items of clothing could fall off.

She said she did not want to upset anyone - they just thought they would put on some entertainment for their locals.

Catholic Bishop of Christchurch John Cunneen says everyone has a right to spend the day how they want, but hopes many people will remember the death and resurrection of Jesus by attending Church services.

Bishop Cunneen says semi-nude jelly wrestling is an odd way to commemorate Easter.

Hopes people will not attend jelly wrestling (NZCity/NewsTalkZB 5/4/06)
"Jelly babes" move contest (NewsTalkZB 5/4/06)

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