Facing mounting criticism from influential Catholics and MLB player Trevor Williams, the LA Dodgers have decided to host a “Christian Faith & Family Day” on July 30, a departure from their controversial decision to honor a drag group known for its anti-Catholic sentiment. In a tweet, the Dodgers encouraged Christians to join in post-game worship. Dodgers’ star Clayton Kershaw highlighted the opportunity to discuss Jesus, pledging to supersede pre-COVID events.
The criticism stemmed from the Dodgers’ support for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, perceived as an endorsement of anti-Catholicism and anti-Christian sentiment. Critics, including Nationals’ pitcher Trevor Williams, accused the Dodgers of disrespecting the religious beliefs of millions through their association with a group notorious for mocking Catholic imagery. The controversy exploded when the Dodgers chose to celebrate the drag group during a Pride Night event, inciting backlash that led to their withdrawal, and subsequent reinvitation, of the group.
San Francisco’s Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, and Bishop Robert Barron of the Winona-Rochester Diocese expressed disappointment, with Barron calling for a Dodgers’ boycott. Despite the Dodgers’ Christian faith event announcement, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles still disapproves of their actions.
Some have reacted negatively to the Dodgers’ latest announcement, viewing it as an attempt to placate Christians. Others insists that an apology and cessation of honoring anti-Catholic groups are the only paths forward.