The Los Angeles Dodgers have been holding a celebration of Gay Pride for a decade now, and it’s become a standard and embraced community occurrence. However, this June’s event is drawing much more attention, thanks to one of the organizations that is currently scheduled to participate.
LGBTQ group The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will take part in the event, despite initially being asked not to attend due to their controversial tactics. The men in the group dress up like Catholic nuns, in a way to mock that particular faith. Their standard ‘uniform’ includes a nun’s habit and wimple, along with clownish makeup.
The group’s mission statement claims that its goal is to “use drag and religious imagery to satirize issues of sex, gender, and morality.” And while the group doesn’t have a history of violent acts, their purpose isn’t quite as noble as it’s been portrayed, according to one prominent man of the cloth.
After the team bowed to pressure from gay advocates to allow the group to take part in Pride Night at Dodger Stadium, Bishop Robert Barron called on followers to boycott the club ‘in defense of our Catholic faith’.
Barron is the bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and the founder of the Catholic ministerial organization, Word on Fire.
“I’m a big baseball fan,” Bishop Barron wrote on Twitter. “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.”
After Catholics and those who support them raised concern over the group’s tactics. They say that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are actually an anti-religious hate group. With that controversy swirling, the Dodgers had originally rescinded their offer to allow them to take part in Pride Night.
Last week, however, the team reversed course, when gay groups voiced their displeasure with the decision. When the Dodgers over-corrected and did another 180-degree turn, it angered protestors on the other side of the aisle.
The team announced in a statement that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have agreed to appear at the event once again during the game against San Francisco.
“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.
The reversal of the reversal has only thrown more gasoline on the fire. And now, there are reports stating that the Biden Administration may now be looking into the matter, which could blow the entire set of circumstances out of proportion.
So essentially, the franchise has painted itself into a corner here, and there appears to be no way out. There’s no way to make all parties involved happy because both sides now have their heels dug in. This argument will likely continue brewing all the way up to the June 16 Pride Night event – and possibly beyond.