A conservative Catholic group is airing an ad blasting the Los Angeles Dodgers for its decision to commend the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a troupe of drag queens who dress like nuns, accusing the team of celebrating an “anti-Catholic hate group.”
CatholicVote Civic Action released a 30-second ad that initially lauds the Dodgers for breaking the color barrier in 1947 by hiring Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in Major League Baseball, and praised the management as “trailblazers” whose “leadership, class and style of play were the envy of baseball.”
“But today, the Dodgers are putting it all at risk,” says the ad. “On June 16, a prominent anti-Catholic hate group will be honored on the field, a group that mocks Catholic nuns with vile sexual perversions, pole dances on crosses, blessings with sex toys, even sexualizing the Virgin Mary and the words of Jesus Christ.”
The Dodgers were caught in a pickle after announcing that the team would present the drag group with its Community Hero Award on Pride Night, then rescinding the decision after pushback from Catholic leaders, then doubling back under pressure from LGBTQ advocates.
“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and families,” the team in a May 22 statement.
Groups including CatholicVote and the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights have urged fans not to attend the June 16 game in protest, while several MLB players have also said they disagree with honoring the Sisters, including Dodgers star pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
— CatholicVote (@CatholicVote) June 2, 2023
Swinging back was the California State Assembly, which gave a standing ovation Monday to Michael Williams, who goes by the drag name “Sister Roma.”
“We’re so proud of Sister Roma and her work in the community, and I’m proud of California for standing strong to support LGBTQ people as our community is under assault in the rest of the country,” said Democrat state Sen. Scott Wiener.
Several Republican legislators walked out in protest, and hundreds of Catholics and Christians held a prayer vigil outside, according to the National Catholic Register.
The CatholicVote ad, part of a $1 million media campaign targeting the team’s decision, is slated to run in the Los Angeles market Saturday during the team’s game.
“A fringe group like this honored, awarded, celebrated?” says the ad. “There is no equality in mocking women religious. No tolerance in hate, no pride in anti-Catholic bigotry. Mocking Christians is not the Dodger way.”
The Dodgers responded to the backlash last month by bringing back Christian Faith and Family Day, which was suspended during the pandemic, at the July 30 game.
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