Despite heavy police and security presence along the first level of seating, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were honored with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ community hero award on the team’s Pride Night which was packed despite threats and protest from right-wing extremist.
Fans in attendance of Friday’s Pride Night at Dodger Stadium enjoyed the game and celebration of the LGBTQ community, despite the thousands of protesters outside who opposed the team’s decision to include the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in their event.
Fans were still able to make their way into the stadium and the Sisters were given their Community Hero award from the Dodgers in a small ceremony before the game. Eventually, the stands filled up with people ready to celebrate Pride and watch a baseball game.
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts made it clear all were welcome at the ballpark ahead of the game as well. “I love everyone. Anyone who wants to come in and support the Dodgers, I’m all in, we’re all in,” said Roberts.
Outside the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in downtown L.A., a lone protester used a bullhorn and fliers to alert people to the demonstration at the stadium. Another said he was disappointed that the archdiocese didn’t provide shuttles to the site.
And nobody cared except the people who would never go to PRIDE Night anyway.
After being exposed as one of the two anti-LGBT hate groups that lied and harassed the LA Dodgers to disinvite the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Bill Donohue of the non-Catholic church-affiliated “Catholic League” is now claiming “anti-Catholic bigotry” and they’ll boycott PRIDE Night at Dodger Stadium.
Via press release from Catholic League Hate Group President Bill Donohue:
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reinvited the anti-Catholic homosexual drag group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Last week, after the Catholic League enlisted the support of its followers to contact Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), the “Sisters” were disinvited from attending the “10 Annual LGBTQ+ Night” event; they were to be given a Community Hero Award.
The Dodgers have now officially endorsed anti-Catholic bigotry. Catholics don’t need any lectures from Stan Kasten, the president and CEO of the Dodgers, on the need to be “inclusive.” The man is a phony—he has no problem excluding Catholics from his selective world of inclusivity.
The Dodgers not only reinvited the bigoted drag queens, they apologized to them.
In a statement released to the press, the Dodgers said they had “much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.”
On May 22, the “Sisters” met with Kasten and LGBTQ organizations, as well as local government officials. There was no indication that Catholic leaders, clergy or lay, were invited to participate in these “honest conversations.”
Only one side was listened to—the side that sponsors hate speech. The fact that gay and trans leaders agree with the vulgar anti-Catholic rhetoric and behavior of the “Sisters” means they now have no moral leg to stand on when asking for an end to bigotry against them.
I would love to sit down with Kasten and Manfred after they have read the report and ask them how can they possibly defend such an obscene anti-Catholic group. No decent person could possibly defend such a vicious assault on Catholic sensibilities.
Our next step is to persuade Catholics in the Los Angeles area not to attend Pride Night on June 16. By boycotting this event, we can send a message to the Dodgers, and to Major League Baseball, that anti-Catholic bigotry is unacceptable.
To this end, we will send the report to every parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
As Kathy Griffin so famously put it the Catholic League is just some old dude with a Fax Machine.
As we reported last week. Ahead of its June 16 Pride Night, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially removed The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from their Pride Night honoree list after being duped by two “Catholic” hate groups; CatholicVote.org and Bill Donoghue of the Catholic League that has no affiliation to the Catholic church and who bombarded the team with messages because they were honoring a ” blatantly perverted, sexual and disgusting anti-Catholic hate group.”
After the Sisters were removed from the Dodgers’ Pride Night, LA Pride dropped out of the event in solidarity, writing, “Pride is a fight for equality and inclusion for the entire LGBTQ community and we’re not going to stop now.” At the time, the Sisters wrote that they were “offended and outraged” by the team’s decision to rescind their invitation and succumb to “pressure” and “misleading information.”
Well the LA Dodgers have finally done their due diligence after much blowback and complaints and have apologizedto the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
“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 Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies,” the team said in a statement Monday afternoon after meeting with leaders of the group. (see below)
“A full apology and explanation was given to us by the Dodgers staff which we accept,” the Sisters said. “We believe the apology is sincere because the Dodgers have worked for 10 years with our community and as well they have asked us to continue an ongoing relationship with them.”
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have done charity work for the LGBT community for over 40 years. LA should know better.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially removed Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from their Pride Night honoree list after an anti-LGBT extremists groups raised concerns the event would facilitate anti-Catholic hate.
“This year, as part of a full night of programming, we invited a number of groups to join us. 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. 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’ve seen over the years of Pride Night, we are deciding to remove them from this year’s group of honorees,” it said.
CatholicVote.org complained to the Dodgers and urged them to rethink the decision in order not “to honor a blatantly perverted, sexual and disgusting anti-Catholic hate group.”
If the LA Dodgers had done their due diligence they would have realized that CatholicVote.org is an ultra-conservative, non-profit political anti-LGBT advocacy group. While the organization acknowledges the authority of the Magisterium, it is not associated in any way with the Catholic Church.
On June 25, 2015, one day before same-sex marriage became legal everywhere in the United States, CatholicVote.org uploaded a video onto YouTube called “Not Alone”. The video features Catholic people who oppose same-sex marriage defending this belief, saying that people should not hate or dislike those who oppose same-sex marriage. And in 2022 the group urged parents to check out LGBT library books and not return them so that no children will be able to see them
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on the other have been around since 1980 and is a charity organization that has raised money for everything from helping Cuban refugees to the Breast Cancer Network, Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, and the Gay Games. The Sisters are also involved in a wide range of community service activities. They have volunteered at homeless shelters, food banks, and other organizations that serve marginalized populations. They also participate in events and marches that support LGBTQ+ rights and other social justice causes.
A HUGE blunder by the Dodgers. Duped by an anti-LGBT hate group.
Hopefully, they will rectify this.QUICKLY.
UPDATE 5:05PM – We have tied to reach out to the LA Dodgers’ Media Department. No one in the organization is answering and the message box is full.
UPDATE: May, 19, 2023: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence respond: