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Three Christian organizations will host a prayer vigil on the west steps of the California state Capitol in Sacramento on Monday as a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is honored inside by elected officials.
The California Family Council (CFC), the American Council, and the California Catholic Conference are hosting the vigil in response to Sen. Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) decision to recognize “Sister Roma,” a member of the drag performers accused of mocking Christianity and Catholicism, on the Senate floor.
“It’s disheartening to see the California Legislature honor a group characterized by its mockery of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular,” CFC President Jonathan Keller remarked in a press release. “By promoting the profane ‘Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,’ these elected leaders are endorsing mockery, hatred, and blasphemy. This ceremony is deeply offensive towards millions of Californians across the Golden State.”
“The vigil is not a political protest but a time of solemn prayer and worship,” it continues.
The letter said the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence “is well known for their public denigration of the Catholic faith,” adding, “We respectfully request the withdrawal of this invitation, as it sends a troubling message to Californians of all faiths.”
“While the California State Senate serves as a symbol for many values, it should not be associated with disrespect or hatred towards those with differing religious ideologies.”
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, whose slogan is “Go forth and sin some more,” has been at the center of a controversy after the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that the franchise would honor the group at a Pride Night celebration. After pressure from Catholic groups, the Dodgers then withdrew their invitation. But the team reinvited the group to participate following backlash from allied leftist organizations.