FIRST on FOX —One the nation’s most prominent Catholic advocacy organizations sent a letter to Los Angeles Dodgers, announcing a forthcoming ad campaign that calls for a boycott.
CatholicVote president Brian Burch wrote to Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten and principal owner Mark Walter.
Burch wrote, “I am the leader of America’s largest lay Catholic organization.” “We have millions of Catholics in America who support us. They believe the values of family, freedom, and life that the Dodgers celebrated are good for America and deserve respect and not ridicule.”
Burch wrote the Dodgers’ administrators: “We asked you last week to not honor this anti Catholic hate group. Please don’t do so.” Burch told the Dodgers administrators that “anti-Catholic bigotry is not acceptable, nor is mocking religious sisters or celebrating an activist group who’s identity is marked with blasphemy.”
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In his letter, Burch challenged Kasten’s claim that the Dodgers were “listening” to all opinions on whether to include the anti-Catholic drag troupe Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
CatholicVote says that they have prepared a budget of $1 million to encourage Catholics to boycott their team.
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Burch wrote: “We are asking for another chance to speak with you by phone or meet in person to better understand the harm and hurt that your decision has caused.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced this month that the team would honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – a group of queer and trans nuns – at an event on June 16. However, religious groups reacted quickly to the announcement, given their history of anticatholic messages and shocking performances.
The team announced last week that it will no longer honor the group at the upcoming event.
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The decision was reversed the following day, after LA Pride announced that it would not be participating in Pride Night to show solidarity with the drag group.
The organization stated that “after much thoughtful feedback from diverse communities, honest discussions within the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization and generous discussions with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” they would like to apologize to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and members of the LGBTQ+ Community, their families and friends.
Burch’s letter included his personal phone number, and he promised to meet team leaders “anytime, anywhere.”
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“The voices and opinions of Catholics, including the clergy and religious nuns that we would include, need to be heard.” The letter concluded by saying that we hope you will follow up on your words of “listening to all” with actions.
The Bishop Robert Barron also called for a boycott against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of their association with anti-Catholic drag Queens.
The bishop stated that Catholics have no other option to express their disapproval, “since the Dodgers clearly do not respond to a decent call to reason.”
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In an exclusive Fox News Digital statement, Barron said: “The Los Angeles Dodgers made it clear that they will not tolerate mockery of Catholic beliefs and they will honor and commend those who do.”
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone from the nearby Archdiocese San Francisco accused Dodgers administration of “worshiping alternative gods.”
“Our Catholic Sisters devote themselves to selfless service. They would never be mocked & blasphemed by decent people. We now know which gods the Dodger administration worships. Cordileone tweeted that “anti-Catholicism and open desecration is not disqualifying.” “Disappointing, but not surprising.” Gird your loins.”