The L.A. Dodgers have decided to host a Christian family night at their ballpark, even as a "Pride" event featuring drag queens — who frequently mock all of Christianity and Catholic nuns in particular — remains on the schedule.
Earlier this month, the Dodgers angered Christians and other Americans of good will when they promoted a "Pride Night" event during which they planned to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of men who don lavish makeup and nun habits and sometimes dance lasciviously, even occasionally interrupting Christians engaging in sacred worship. After strong backlash from the public, the team then disinvited the faux nuns only to reinvite them after local LGBTQ groups threatened to boycott the Pride Night event, scheduled for June 16.
"After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversation 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 released on Monday, adding that the Sisters would join them as originally planned.
The Pride event with the fake nuns has drawn so much ire that Bishop Robert Barron, who until recently was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, has called for Catholics to boycott the Dodgers. "I’m a big baseball fan," the bishop tweeted on Thursday. "I’ve even thrown out the first pitch at a Dodgers game. But I’d encourage my friends in LA to boycott the Dodgers. Let’s not just pray, but make our voices heard in defense of our Catholic faith."
Perhaps in an attempt to appease Barron and other outraged Christians, the Dodgers have now decided to offer a "Christian Faith and Family Day," scheduled for July 30, when the Dodgers will host the Cincinnati Reds.
Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw, an outspoken Christian, celebrated his team's announcement. "Excited to announce the relaunch of Christian Faith and Family Day at Dodger Stadium on July 30th," Kershaw tweeted. "More details to come – but we are grateful for the opportunity to talk about Jesus and determined to make it bigger and better than it was before COVID. Hope to see you on July 30th!"
As Kershaw's tweet implies, the Dodgers have hosted Christian Faith and Family Day in years past. The last one occurred in 2019, the season before government shutdowns forced teams to play in empty stadiums. Other MLB teams — including the Reds, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, and Texas Rangers — have hosted similar, faith-based events.
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