(LifeSiteNews) — MLB pitcher Trevor Williams has stepped up to the plate to urge Catholics to withhold support of the L.A. Dodgers in the wake of the team’s decision to re-invite the blasphemous anti-Catholic drag group the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” as Community Hero Award honorees next month.
“As a devout Catholic, I am deeply troubled by the Dodgers’ decision to re-invite and honor the group ‘The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’ at their Pride Night this year,” wrote Williams in a statement on Twitter.
— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) May 30, 2023
“To invite and honor a group that makes a blatant and deeply offensive mockery of my religion, and the religion of over 4 million people in Los Angeles county alone, undermines the values of respect and inclusivity that should be upheld by any organization,” declared the Washington Nationals pitcher.
“I believe it is essential for the Dodgers to reconsider their association with this group and strive to create an inclusive environment that does not demean or disrespect the religious beliefs of any fan or employee,” he continued, encouraging “my fellow Catholics to reconsider their support of an organization that allows this type of mockery of its fans to occur.”
“I know I am not alone in my frustration, hurt, and disappointment about this situation,” added Williams. “As Catholics, we look to Jesus Christ and the way He was treated and we realize that any suffering in this world unites us to Him in the next.”
William’s tweet was quickly greeted with admiration by Catholics and Christians.
“Thank you, Trevor, for standing against the bigotry of the LA Dodgers,” wrote talk show host Liz Wheeler.
“Thank you so much for this Mr. Williams,” wrote conservative commentator Megan Basham. “Your courage to take a stand all alone in the pressure cooker of professional sports is a model for all faithful Christians.”
Williams’ vibrant Catholic faith attracted national attention in September 2019, when he and his wife found out she was pregnant just 24 hours after agreeing on Divine Mercy Sunday to adopt a newborn baby.
“God has a great sense of humor,” declared Williams, then a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, upon hearing the doubly good news.
“On Divine Mercy Sunday, Jojo’s birth mother told us that she wanted Jackie and I to be the adoptive parents of her daughter,” Williams announced on Instagram. “The very next day Jackie and I found out God has a great sense of humor by showering us with the grace of another child.”
“I know that baseball is not the most important thing in the world,” the major league pitcher said in a 2019 Knights of Columbus video. “I take my job very seriously, and I do have bad days where I feel really down because I let my team down and I let myself down.”
“But at the end of the day I know the sun comes up tomorrow morning,” he added with a smile.
“My faith, to me, is more than just going to Mass on Sundays,” Williams said.
Williams said he keeps a Saint Benedict crucifix in his locker and that before pitching a game he prays “Jesus, I trust in you.”
In the video, Williams notes his Catholic-inspired tattoos. On his left upper arm is a depiction of St. Michael the Archangel. On his right arm is a raven, a reference to St. Benedict of Nursia, who played an important role in the development of liturgical worship and in the preservation of Western civilization.
On the inside of his left wrist is AMDG, the Jesuit motto “Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam,” Latin for “for the greater glory of God.” Williams explained that each time he goes to pitch, he sees that and is reminded to “do everything for the greater glory of God.”
“As a Catholic man,” Williams noted, “I want to be visible and be present.”