Dodgers Hold Christian Event Amid Backlash Over Trans 'Nuns' Invite

Dodgers Hold Christian Event Amid Backlash Over Trans 'Nuns' Invite
A general view during the national anthem prior to game three of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres at PETCO Park in San Diego, on Oct. 14, 2022. (Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will host a "Christian Faith and Family Day" in July, amid backlash over the team's Pride Night invite to a group of self-described "queer and trans nuns."

"Join us at Dodger Stadium on 7/30 for Christian Faith and Family Day. Stay after the game to celebrate and be part of a day of worship. Stay tuned for more details," the team wrote on Twitter Friday.

The event was first announced earlier that day by Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

"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!" Kershaw wrote on Twitter.

The Christian event was last held by the Dodgers in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid backlash from Christian groups and some elected officials, the Dodgers rescinded an invitation to the so-called transgender "nuns" group, called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to attend the team's Pride Night on June 16. Last Monday, the Dodgers reversed course, reinstated the invitation, and publicly apologized to the group, following an outcry from a host of LGBT advocacy groups and some other elected officials.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles criticized the Dodgers for backtracking, and called on Catholics to stand together against the team's reversal.

"The decision to honor a group that 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 is what has caused disappointment, concern, anger, and dismay from our Catholic community," according to a statement from the Archdiocese. "The Archdiocese stands against any actions that would disparage and diminish our Christian faith and those who dedicate their lives to Christ."

 Members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence attend a memorial service in Orlando, Florida on June 19, 2016 (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence attend a memorial service in Orlando, Florida on June 19, 2016 (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In a statement released Monday, the Dodgers said, "After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse 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, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and families."

The Sisters organization is expected to receive a Community Hero Award during the team's Pride Night event.

The Dodgers' decision to withdraw its invitation to the Sisters came after complaints were raised by several Catholic organizations and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) who said the group regularly disparaged Christians.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, accused the team of "rewarding anti-Catholicism" by honoring the group. Donohue said he wrote to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to protest the Dodgers' decision to honor the group.

Rubio also sent a complaint to Manfred, saying the group "mocks Christians through diabolical parodies of our faith."

Meanwhile, last weekend, Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken invited the transgender "nuns" group to be her guests at the Los Angeles Angels Pride Night at Angel Stadium on June 7.

On Monday, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange criticized Aitken for extending the invitation.

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