On Friday, nine-time MLB All-Star Clayton Kershaw announced a «relaunch» of another themed day at Dodger Stadium: Christian Faith and Family Day.
«Excited to announce the relaunch of Family and Christian Faith Day at Dodger Stadium on July 30,» Kershaw wrote in a tweet. The Dodgers later confirmed the event and said more details will be released at a later time.
«Join us at Dodger Stadium on July 30 for Christian Faith and Family Day. Stay after the game to celebrate and be a part of a day of worship.» wrote the official Dodgers Twitter account. «Stay tuned for more details».
The announcement comes after the Dodgers invited, then didn’t invite, then invited again the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The group describes itself on its website as a «vanguard order of queer and trans nuns.»
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They were initially scheduled to participate in the Dodgers’ LGBTQ+ Pride Night, and were set to receive a Community Hero Award at the June 16 game.
Earlier this month, the team decided to rescind the invite due to backlash.
«Given the strong feelings of those who have been offended by the inclusion of the sisters in our soiree, and in an effort not to distract from the great benefits we have seen over the years from Pride Night , we decided to take them out of this pool of honorees of the year.»
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That decision was reversed the next day after LA Pride announced that it would no longer participate in Pride Night.
«After much thoughtful feedback from our various communities, honest conversations 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. Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and family,» the organization said.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also weighed in, saying the group «mocks Christians through devilish parodies of our faith.» Rubio added that «baseball has always been tied to our nation’s values, at the heart of which is faith in God,» in a letter he sent to MLB commissioner Robert Manfred.
In addition to the upcoming Pride Night, the Dodgers will now plan an event focused on the Christian faith.
«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. I look forward to seeing you on July 30!»
The controversy surrounding the anti-Catholic group continues, even in the midst of the announcement of the «Day of the Christian Faith and the Family.»
One of the largest Catholic advocacy organizations in the country, CatholicVote, He responded to the Dodgers’ most recent announcement, calling the event a «Band-Aid» to what he sees as a much bigger problem.
«Today’s Dodgers announcement is the equivalent of putting a Band-Aid on an open wound and in no way diminishes the damage and pain caused by their plan to honor a vile anti-Catholic organization. Creating a ‘faith and family’ event not to balance the decision to honor a perverted, fake group of «nuns» who exist to mock the Catholic religion,» CatholicVote President Brian Burch wrote in a statement sent to Fox News Digital.
«In many ways, it emphasizes the contrast and makes our case even stronger. It’s hard to interpret this announcement as anything more than a public relations stunt meant to blunt the widespread national backlash that is only getting stronger. The Dodgers have a way to follow: apologize and stop honoring hateful anti-Catholic organizations.»
One Friday, CatholicVote sent a letter to the Dodgers announcing an upcoming ad campaign calling for a boycott of the baseball club.
CatholicVote President Brian Burch addressed the letter to the team’s primary owner, Mark Walter, and CEO Stan Kasten.
«I represent the largest lay Catholic advocacy organization in the country,» Burch wrote. «We are supported by millions of devout Catholics across America who believe that the time-honoured values of life, family and liberty, which the Dodgers used to celebrate, are demonstrably good for America and worthy of respect, not ridicule. «.
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CatholicVote claims it has prepared a $1 million advertising budget to encourage Catholics to boycott the team.
The Dodgers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fox News’ Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report.