In a recent turn of events, the Los Angeles Dodgers have made the decision to retract their invitation to The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group described as an “order of queer and trans nuns,” for their highly anticipated LGBTQ+ Pride Night.
After receiving criticism from Catholic organizations and Senator Marco Rubio, the Dodgers released a statement addressing the controversy surrounding the inclusion of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in this year’s Pride Night festivities. The team acknowledged the concerns raised by those who felt offended by the group’s participation, leading them to remove The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from the list of honorees for the event.
Originally set to receive a Community Hero Award for their advocacy work in promoting human rights, diversity, and spiritual enlightenment, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence now find themselves excluded from the lineup.
Sister Roma, one of the prominent members of the controversial group, expressed disappointment in the Dodgers’ decision and accused the team of giving in to pressure from what she referred to as “right-wing pseudo-Christian media.” The involvement of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence sparked criticism from various Catholic organizations, with the Catholic League claiming that the Dodgers were endorsing anti-Catholic sentiments by honoring the group.
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, voiced his organization’s concerns on their website, stating that The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were known for their mockery of nuns and engaging in offensive simulations.
Senator Marco Rubio also expressed his disapproval, reaching out to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to highlight his objections. Rubio characterized The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as a group that “mocks Christians through diabolical parodies of our faith.”
While the Dodgers faced criticism for retracting the invitation, their decision also received support from Catholic Vote, an organization that condemned The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and commended the team’s choice to exclude them from the Pride Night celebration. Catholic Vote President Brian Burch labeled the group as an “anti-Catholic hate group” due to their controversial portrayal of Catholic nuns.
As the controversy continues to unfold, the Dodgers find themselves in a challenging position, striving to strike a balance between inclusivity and respecting the concerns of religious groups. The decision to withdraw the invitation to The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence underscores the complexities involved in creating an atmosphere that embraces diversity while addressing differing viewpoints.
In the end, the Dodgers hope to ensure that Pride Night remains a celebration of inclusivity and acceptance for all members of the LGBTQ+ community, while also acknowledging the sensitivities and opinions of those who may hold opposing views.