The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to give a “Community Hero Award” to a drag queen group that mocks Catholics next month.
The Dodgers will present the 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.
Members of the group go by names like Sister T’aint A Virgin, Sister Risqué of the Sissytine Chapel, and Sister Edith Myflesh. The group also mocks the process of becoming a Catholic nun by having members become a postulant, then a novice, and finally a fully professed “sister” with a black veil. One of the group’s founders originally used old habits used by real Catholic nuns.
“Go forth and sin some more!” is the group’s slogan.
“We are more than just another community service organization: we are Sisters. As with our more traditional counterparts, nearly all of us felt a genuine calling to do this work. There is room for a lot of fun in the Order, but we take our callings and our vows very seriously,” the group’s website says.
The Dodgers will partner with LA Pride to present the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” with their award during the team’s “Pride Night” celebration before their June 16 home game.
“Dodgers co-owners and LGBTQ+ legends, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, will honor multiple activists and organizations throughout the night,” LA Pride said in a press release.
LA Pride President Gerald Garth “will be joined by the LA chapter of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which will receive this year’s Community Hero Award,” the press release added.
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CatholicVote, a Catholic nonprofit, wrote a letter to the Dodgers expressing outrage over the team’s decision to honor the drag group and demanding their invitation be revoked.
“The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) are an anti-Catholic hate group which exists to desecrate and degrade the Catholic faith. Their sole mission is to disgust Christians with the most grotesque acts they can imagine,” CatholicVote wrote.
Back in 2007, members of the drag group 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.
“These are just a few examples of the SPI’s vile and diabolical actions which go far beyond parody or satire – they are blasphemous and deeply offensive to Christians everywhere,” CatholicVote wrote in their letter.
“All Americans, especially Catholics, should be deeply concerned that the Dodgers feel comfortable platforming such a grotesque and blatantly anti-Catholic hate group at a time when Catholic Churches across our nation are already suffering a wave of violent attacks instigated by pro-abortion radicals,” said CatholicVote President Brian Burch in a statement.
Since May 2020, there have been at least 255 anti-Catholic attacks on Catholic churches, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The attacks include arson, statues beheaded or otherwise vandalized, and gravestones defaced with swastikas and anti-Catholic language.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue called the group an “obscene anti-Catholic group” and said he is writing to Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred about the situation.
“Don’t believe the lie that the ‘Sisters’ mean no harm,” Donahue said in a statement, adding that the Dodgers have “besmirched their legacy of combating bigotry.”
“In 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers made history by naming Jackie Robinson to its roster. He was the first black man to play Major League Baseball (MLB). Now it is in the business of promoting bigotry, not fighting it. By rewarding anti-Catholicism, the Dodgers have broken bread with the most despicable elements in American society today,” Donahue said.