The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled their invitation Wednesday to an “extremist anti-Catholic hate group” known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from a pride month event scheduled for June 16.
The Dodgers announced the removal of the “sisters” as honorees in a press statement.
“In the spirit of unity, the Los Angeles Dodgers are proud to host our 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16th,” the announcement read. “This event has become a meaningful tradition, highlighting not only the diversity and resilience within our fanbase, but also the impactful work of extraordinary community groups.”
“We are now aware that our inclusion of one group in particular – The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – in this year’s pride night has been the source of some controversy,” the Dodgers continued, adding:
Given the strong feelings of people who have been offended by the sisters’ inclusion in our evening, and in an effort not to distract from the great benefits that we have seen over the years of Pride Night, we are deciding to remove them from this year’s group of honorees.
The Dodgers’ decision to remove the group from its list of honorees comes after Catholic leaders expressed outrage to the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Dodgers that the group of self-described “queer and trans nuns,” who ridicule and desecrate the Catholic faith, would be celebrated at the event.
The LGBTQ activist group touts it uses “humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit,” but Catholic leaders went into more detail about the ways in which the “sisters” have defiled the Catholic faith.
On Tuesday Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, announced he wrote to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to express his outrage at the Dodgers’ decision to honor the anti-Catholic group.
We learned that the Los Angeles Dodgers have pulled its invitation to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as an honoree in this year’s “LGBTQ+ Night” event.https://t.co/UPsYcjxC8Z pic.twitter.com/468yRAS1YM
— Catholic League (@CatholicLeague) May 17, 2023
The Dodgers “have besmirched their legacy of combating bigotry by partnering with LA Pride in awarding this year’s Community Hero Award to an obscene anti-Catholic group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” the Catholic leader wrote in his column.
Citing the Dodgers’ history in 1947 of naming Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play Major League Baseball (MLB), to the team’s roster, Donohue said the decision to honor the anti-Catholic “sisters,” however, amounts to “promoting bigotry” and joining “with the most despicable elements in American society today.”
“Don’t believe the lie that the ‘Sisters’ mean no harm,” Donohue wrote, noting some of the ways in which they have desecrated the Catholic faith:
These homosexual bigots are known for simulating sodomy while dressed as nuns. They like to feature a “Condom Savior Mass,” one that describes how the “Latex Host is the flesh for the life of the world.” The “Sisters” go by names such as “Sister Homo Fellatio” and “Sister Joyous Reserectum.” Just last month, they held an event mocking Our Blessed Mother and Jesus on Easter Sunday.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, also wrote to Manfred Monday, “questioning whether the League is ‘inclusive and welcoming’ to Christians.”
“[I]f so, why you are allowing an MLB team to honor a group that mocks Christians through diabolical parodies of our faith,” the senator asked.
“Dodgers Vice President of Marketing Erik Braverman said that the team’s LGBTQ+ Pride Night is meant to ‘foster an atmosphere of acceptance for all,’” Rubio continued. “Los Angeles’s many Catholics surely find that claim outrageous.”
Por una vez, el sentido común prevaleció en California. https://t.co/JAKVjIPFJK
— Senator Marco Rubio (@SenMarcoRubio) May 17, 2023
CatholicVote also published a letter to the Dodgers Tuesday, detailing the organization’s decision to honor the trans group at their June 16th game event.
The “sisters,” wrote CatholicVote President Brian Burch, are “an anti-Catholic hate group which exists to desecrate and degrade the Catholic faith.”
Burch also highlighted some of the group’s recent actions, including mocking “Catholics by taking on vulgar names such as ‘Sister GladAss of the Joyous Reserectum.’”
They dress in sexualized perversions of religious garb, taunting the women religious who serve the poor in Southern California and throughout the world. In one infamous stunt, they tricked an archbishop into giving them the Eucharist – the most important sacrament of the Catholic faith – so they could defile it. This past Easter Sunday, [they] put on an exhibition in San Francisco in which a performer dressed as Jesus carried a cross up a hill and then performed a pole dance on it.
“This award comes at a time when Catholics are under threat across the country to a degree not seen in decades,” Burch noted in the letter. “In the past three years, there have been over 300 acts of violence and vandalism against Catholic churches in the United States, including nearly 50 in California alone. Through this award, the Dodgers are contributing to the climate of increasing hostility against Catholics.”
Members of the trans group and other gender activists complained to the Dodgers for uninviting the “sisters,” with “Sister Roma” claiming it was “so disappointing to see the Dodgers cave to the conservative pseudo-Christian homophobes.”
The @Dodgers should be ashamed for uninviting @SFSisters to their 2023 Pride celebration. On International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia no less. Read our full statement: https://t.co/vKjj9MclHh #DragIsNotACrime
— Equality California (@eqca) May 18, 2023
So disappointing to see the @Dodgers cave to the conservative pseudo-Christian homophobes. This weaponizing of religion is exactly what the @LADragnuns and @SFSisters have been protesting for decades. 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ https://t.co/FhE4Fq0NY0
— Sister Roma (@SisterRoma) May 17, 2023
“Justice was done in the end,” Donohue said of the Dodgers’ decision to remove the activist group from its honorees. “There is no room for anti-Catholic bigotry in any gay or trans celebratory event.”
“We are pleased that the Dodgers reconsidered their decision to honor an anti-Catholic hate group known for their gross mockery of Catholic nuns,” Burch also said. “While we continue to wonder how such a group was selected in the first place, this incident should serve as a wake-up call for all religious believers: unchecked woke corporations have no qualms about exploiting people of faith.”
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