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Less than a week after disinviting the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a move which pleased offended Catholics but upset LGBT organizations, the Major League Baseball (MLB) team announced on Monday that it had reconsidered that decision.
“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 Dodgers said in a statement.
“We have asked the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to take their place on the field at our 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16th,” the team added. “We are pleased to share that they have agreed to receive the gratitude of our collective communities for the lifesaving work that they have done tirelessly for decades.”
The announcement marks another turnaround for the Dodgers regarding the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which calls itself the “leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns” in San Francisco and has a chapter in L.A.
In a statement last week, the team said it decided to disinvite the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which had been slated to receive a Community Hero Award, because of “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 have seen over the years of Pride.”
Catholic organizations had been pushing for the team to pull the invitation, saying the group of drag queens who dress up as nuns are an insult to their faith. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had even written to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, questioning how the league could be “inclusive and welcoming” to Christians while also having a team honor a group “that mocks Christians through diabolical parodies of our faith.”
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which claims not to be anti-Catholic, says its members use “humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency, and guilt that chain the human spirit” while promoting human rights and diversity.
Groups such as LA Pride, which produces the annual LA Pride Parade and Festival, and Los Angeles LGBT Center declared they would skip Pride Night in protest of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence being disinvited. And, over the weekend, Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken invited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to join her for a Pride Night being held by the Anaheim Angels.
“In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work with our LGBTQ+ partners to better educate ourselves, find ways to strengthen the ties that bind and use our platform to support all of our fans who make up the diversity of the Dodgers family,” the Dodgers said in the statement on Monday.