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One Catholic major-league baseball player is calling out the Los Angeles Dodgers for honoring a group of drag “nuns” who mock the Catholic faith.
Trevor Williams, an eight-year veteran pitcher serving this season as a starter for the Washington Nationals, said he is “deeply troubled” by the Dodgers’ decision to re-invite the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” to the team’s “Pride Night.”
— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) May 30, 2023
“To invite and honor a group that makes a blatant and deeply offensive mockery of my religion, and the religion of over 4 million people in Los Angeles county alone, undermines the values of respect and inclusivity that should be upheld by any organization,” Williams said Tuesday in a statement posted to Twitter.
“Creating an environment in which one group feels celebrated and honored at the expense of another is counterproductive and wrong,” he wrote.
The Dodgers plan to present a “Community Hero Award” to the Los Angeles chapter of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” an organization of men who dress in drag queen versions of Catholic religious habits that claims to have a “ministry,” according to its website.
“Go forth and sin some more!” is the group’s slogan.
After backlash from Catholic organizations, the Dodgers said they had pulled the group from the list of award recipients for the team’s “Pride Night” celebration before their June 16 home game.
However, when LA Pride backed out of “Pride Night,” the Dodgers re-invited the anti-Catholic drag group and apologized to them.
Williams said he believes the Dodgers’ actions violates the team’s own discrimination policy.
The Dodgers prohibit “any conduct or attire” with content that is “obscene, profane, vulgar, indecent, violent, threatening, abusive, prejudiced against any individual or group (e.g., because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation).”
Even content that is “not overtly in violation of the foregoing, but is suggestive of prohibited content, is similarly prohibited,” the Dodgers’ policy states.
“It seems that the Dodgers have made an exception in this case, doubling down that this group — which grossly disrespects and openly mocks many of the traditions and beliefs that Catholics hold most dear — should be celebrated,” Williams said.
“I believe it is essential for the Dodgers to reconsider their association with this group and strive to create an inclusive environment that does not demean or disrespect the religious beliefs of any fan or employee,” Williams said. “I also encourage my fellow Catholics to reconsider their support of an organization that allows this type of mockery of its fans to occur.”
“I know I am not alone in my frustration, hurt, and disappointment about this situation. As Catholics, we look to Jesus Christ and the way He was treated and we realize that any suffering in this world unites us to Him in the next,” Williams said.
Williams is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s group. He has several tattoos on his arms referencing his Catholic faith, including “AMDG,” a Latin acronym for “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,” which means, “for the greater glory of God.”
Williams married his wife Jackie in 2014. Together, they have four children, all under seven years old.
He has also played for the New York Mets, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Chicago Cubs.
Back in 2007, members of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” tricked the archbishop of San Francisco into giving them the Eucharist so they could defile it.
On Easter this year, the group put on a “Jesus and Mary-themed striptease” that involved a performer “writhing upside down on a large wooden cross,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported. They also had shirtless men compete to be crowned the “hunkiest” Jesus.