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Los Angeles Dodgers Announce 'Christian Faith & Family Day'

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Following backlash and criticism for their decision to honor an anti-Catholic drag group, the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the hosting of a "Christian Faith & Family Day" on July 30.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/31/2023 (3 months ago)

Published in Sports

Keywords: Los Angeles, Dodgers, Christian, family, transgender, controversy, anti-Catholic

In a tweet, the Dodgers invited Christians to stay after the game for a day of worship and celebration. Dodgers' star pitcher Clayton Kershaw expressed gratitude for the opportunity to talk about Jesus and emphasized the team's commitment to making the event even more significant than before the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement comes in response to widespread claims that the Dodgers' support for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an anti-Catholic group, promotes anti-Catholicism and religious hatred.

Prominent Catholics, including MLB pitcher Trevor Williams, condemned the Dodgers for honoring a group that mocks Catholicism, Jesus, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Williams, who plays for the Washington Nationals, expressed disappointment in the Dodgers' decision, calling for an inclusive environment that respects the religious beliefs of fans and employees. The controversy began when the Dodgers announced their intention to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence during the "Pride Night at Dodger Stadium" event on June 16. This national drag group uses Catholic religious imagery in their performances to raise awareness and funds for LGBTQ+ causes.

Initially facing backlash, the Dodgers disinvited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence but later reinvited them with an apology. In response, Bishop Robert Barron called for a boycott against the Dodgers, stating that anti-Catholicism should not be tolerated. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles condemned the Dodgers' decision, expressing disappointment and concern about the mockery of the Catholic faith. Despite the Dodgers' announcement of a "Christian Faith & Family Day," the Archdiocese's position remains unchanged, urging all Catholics and people of goodwill to stand against bigotry and hate.

CatholicVote announced a $1 million ad campaign, including television, digital, and billboard ads, encouraging Los Angeles residents to boycott the Dodgers. The campaign aims to hold the Dodgers accountable for honoring an anti-Christian hate group. Public reactions have been mixed, with conservative commentator Liz Wheeler criticizing the Dodgers' attempt to pander to Christians while supporting an anti-Christian group. The controversy highlights the need for the Dodgers to apologize and cease honoring organizations that promote hate and disrespect towards the Catholic faith.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' announcement of a "Christian Faith & Family Day" aims to address the criticism they received for honoring an anti-Catholic drag group. However, the controversy surrounding their previous decision continues, with prominent Catholics and organizations calling for accountability and respect for religious beliefs. The Dodgers' actions have sparked a broader conversation about anti-Catholicism and the importance of inclusivity and tolerance within sports and society at large.

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