The Los Angeles Dodgers won’t get away scot-free for spitting in the face of Catholic baseball fans.
A major Catholic advocacy group is launching a $1 million campaign to promote a boycott of the team after the Dodgers honored an anti-Catholic hate group that uses the clothing of nuns for drag costumes.
Brian Burch of CatholicVote explained his organization’s reasoning in a Thursday letter to the franchise, according to Fox News.
The group uses imagery of Catholic nuns and even Christ himself for sexualized drag performances — an act insulting to Catholics and all Christians.
“We wrote to you last week with a reasonable ask: Please do not honor this anti-Catholic hate group,” Burch told the team in the letter.
“There is no place for anti-Catholic bigotry, mocking of religious sisters, or celebrating a perverse activist group whose identity is marked by blasphemy and mockery of Catholics.”
“Because of your decision to refuse to extend even a gesture of courtesy, we have announced the launch of a $1 million multi-channel ad campaign that will begin next week.”
“The goal of this campaign is simple: to urge all people of goodwill to express their opposition to your celebration of anti-Catholic bigotry and mockery.”
“You have left us with no choice.”
Burch informed the team that the ads calling out the Dodgers would be featured in the area of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The leader of the organization urged the Dodgers’ administration to meet with representatives of the Catholic community, including nuns — an offer the team had proved willing to offer to the LGBT community.
The Dodgers appeared to respond to the nascent Christian boycott of the franchise by scheduling a Christian Faith and Family Day.
Three-time Cy Young Award-winning Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw — himself a Christian — promoted the event on his Twitter feed.
Excited to announce the relaunch of Christian Faith and Family Day at Dodger Stadium on July 30th. 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! pic.twitter.com/yNu7HyEgR9
— Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22) May 26, 2023
However, the political timing of the event isn’t distracting Catholic leaders from the act of anti-Catholicism the club intends to feature.
— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) May 26, 2023
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will receive a Community Hero award from the Dodgers during the team’s LGBT event, according to The New York Times.
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