Catholics to hold prayer protests against LGBT ‘drag nuns’ honor at Dodgers event.

The Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles Leads Day of Prayer in Response to Dodgers’ Decision

The Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles is leading a day of prayer on Friday, marked by a special Mass at the city’s cathedral. This comes in response to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ controversial decision to honor an anti-Catholic drag group.

Archbishop Jose Gomez Calls for an End to Prejudice

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has urged Catholics in the City of Angels to pray for “an end to prejudice” on the same day that the Dodgers baseball team plans to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of self-described ‘drag nuns,’ at the team’s Pride Night. Friday is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Catholic Church, a day that commemorates devotion to the heart of Jesus.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of self-professed “queer and trans nuns,” engage in displays of sexualized Christian imagery, including a pole dancing routine on a cross. Their motto is “Go and sin some more.”

“Join us today as we pray, in a special way, for our city and country, for an end to prejudice, and for renewed respect for the religious beliefs of all Angelenos and all Americans,” Gomez tweeted Friday alongside an icon of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Mass for Healing and Renewed Respect

The archbishop will offer Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for “healing due to the harm caused by the Dodgers’ decision to honor a group that intentionally denigrates and profanes the Christian faith,” the archdiocese of Los Angeles said in a press release.

Gomez and the bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States have urged Catholics across the country to offer prayers in response to the Dodgers’ decision. The team initially disinvited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence following an outcry from Catholic organizations but re-invited them days later.

“This year, on June 16 — the day of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — a professional baseball team has shockingly chosen to honor a group whose lewdness and vulgarity in mocking our Lord, His Mother, and consecrated women cannot be overstated,” Gomez and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement earlier this month. “This is not just offensive and painful to Christians everywhere; it is blasphemy.”

Catholic groups have vowed to protest the Dodgers on Friday ahead of the game, with the group Catholics for Catholics organizing a prayer protest outside the stadium.

Meanwhile, the political advocacy organization CatholicVote has launched a $1 million television ad campaign highlighting the Dodgers’ decision to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The organization’s ad will air during Friday’s game.

“[The Dodgers’] decision to honor a group whose very identity is to defile and mock Catholics and what we hold most sacred and dear is morally repugnant and unacceptable,” Tommy Valentine, the director of CatholicVote’s Catholic Accountability Project, said in a statement. “This would never be tolerated if it was directed at another religion or group.”


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