The Los Angeles Dodgers have publicly apologized to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group that satirically refers to itself as “a leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns,” and reinvited them to the team’s annual Pride Night on June 16.
The group had previously been removed from the evening’s lineup following backlash from conservative Catholics groups, as well as other public figures.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence came into existence in San Francisco on Easter in 1979 when three men dressed as nuns during a protest and has since grown into a larger movement with chapters around the world engaging in LGBTQ+ activism.
Operating under the motto of “go forth and sin some more,” the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence reappropriates Catholic language and iconography in a self-described effort to use “humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.”
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However, what the Sisters describe as humor and wit, Florida Senator Marco Rubio lambasted as “lewd imitation” in a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
Similarly, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said in a statement that the group “clearly mocks the Catholic faith and makes light of the sincere and holy vocations of our women religious who are an integral part of our Church.”
“The Archdiocese stands against any actions that would disparage and diminish our Christian faith and those who dedicate their lives to Christ,” the statement went on to say.
While the group maintains that it is not anti-Catholic, the events it has hosted—such as a “Hunky Jesus Contest,” which was held on Easter this year and featured sparsely dressed contestants, including a pro-choice Mary of Nazareth—have led many Christians and conservatives to disagree in the strongest terms.
Amid pressure, the Dodgers rescinded their invitation to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence last week, as well as the honor of the team’s Community Hero Award, which had previously been promised to the group.
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In a statement on May 17, the Dodgers said, “Given the strong feelings of people who have been offended by the sisters’ inclusion in our evening, and in an effort not to distract from the great benefits that we have seen over the years of Pride Night, we are deciding to remove them from this year’s group of honorees.”