Dodgers Plan to Honor Anti-Catholic LGBT Group

(AP Photo/Tim Donnelly, File)

It’s a blessing that Vin Scully isn’t around to see this. The L.A. Dodgers are hosting a “Pride Night” on June 16. Yawn. But the team is also going to give its “Community Hero” award to the L.A. chapter of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They’re an anti-Catholic group of LGBT activists whose shtick is to dress as Catholic nuns and do lewd things in public.


As you might imagine, Bill Donohue at The Catholic League isn’t pleased. For what it’s worth, neither is Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Both of them sent letters to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. He’s the same paragon of courage that moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta a couple of years ago over lies about Georgia’s voting integrity bill, so don’t expect much from that quarter.

Again, this is not run-of-the-mill Pride Night stuff. As Donohue points out, this ain’t the Gay Men’s Choir:

These homosexual bigots are known for simulating sodomy while dressed as nuns. They like to feature a “Condom Savior Mass,” one that describes how the “Latex Host is the flesh for the life of the world.”  The “Sisters” go by names such as “Sister Homo Fellatio” and “Sister Joyous Reserectum.” Just last month, they held an event mocking Our Blessed Mother and Jesus on Easter Sunday.

Charming. Donohue says the Dodgers are “rewarding hate speech.” I don’t know. The term “hate speech” is so overworked it’s lost all meaning. But let’s do the old thought exercise: Picture the Dodgers giving an award to, say, The Mincing Imams, or the Twerking Rabbis. How about to a group that mocks gays?

The Dodgers VP of Marketing says the team has Pride Night to “foster an atmosphere of acceptance for all.” Except, you know, actual Catholics.


You have to wonder what the huge portion of the Dodgers fan base (43 percent, by one estimate) that is Hispanic and largely Catholic thinks about this move. Or the Hispanic Dodgers’ players and employees? You risk alienating an awful lot of people you really need by awarding an organization that exists to mock their faith.

Of course, that doesn’t matter. Woke gestures steamroll commonsense and taste.

Back to Vin Scully. He was the voice of the team for 66 years – synonymous with the Dodgers going back to radio broadcasts at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn. And he was a devout Catholic with a special devotion to the Virgin Mary. In 2013, he told the National Catholic Register that “Her prayers are more powerful than those of the rest of heaven combined. No one was closer or more devoted to Christ on earth, so it only makes sense to see the same thing in heaven. Now, the Blessed Virgin seeks to help her spiritual children get home to spend eternity with her Son.”

Doesn’t sound like Vin would be pleased right now.

Then, of course, there was Gil Hodges. The decorated Marine veteran of Okinawa and long-time Dodger first baseman was a special favorite of Brooklyn Catholics. (His name was spoken with affectionate reverence in my family – especially after he won the 1969 World Series as Manager of the Miracle Mets. He’s buried not far from my paternal grandparents in Holy Cross Cemetery in East Flatbush.)


Hodges and his family were regular parishioners at Our Lady Help of Christians, a few miles from Ebbets. When “The Slump” came, starting with the 1952 World Series loss to the Yankees and extending into May of ’53, the fans didn’t desert him, and the famous story goes that one stifling May Sunday, a Father Redmond of St. Francis in Brooklyn got up and told his parishioners: “It’s far too hot for a homily. Keep the Commandments and say a prayer for Gil Hodges.” Hodges started hitting again soon afterward.

That’s the kind of Catholic legacy the Dodgers are turning their backs on. Its best efforts to the contrary, baseball still runs on memory and tradition. And fan devotion. Being deliberately insulting to your present fans and your team’s past in a nod to the flavor of the month is suicidal.


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