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(LifeSiteNews) — Over 10,000 people have signed a LifeSite petition against the Los Angeles Dodgers for its decision to honor blasphemous anti-Catholic drag “nuns.”

A LifePetition created in protest of Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Los Angeles Dodgers’ decision to present anti-Catholic drag group, the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” with a Community Hero Award, has reached 10,000 signatures. 

The MLB franchise plans to present the sacrilegious group, which engages in deliberately offensive sexualized burlesque mockeries of Catholicism, with an award at their “10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night” on June 16.

In the Catholic liturgical calendar, June 16 is the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  

The invitation to the group was initially revoked following backlash on social media from various religions, but the baseball franchise later backtracked and reinstated the invitation.  

“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 statement read. 

As LifeSiteNews previously reported, the group of “queer and trans nuns” have fundraised for HIV/AIDS research, the Gay Games (an LGBT-promoting athletic competition), and a proposition to legalize medical marijuana. 

The Dodgers’ Monday announcement comes after it previously agreed to dis-invite the group after outrage by Catholics and other conservatives.

Among others, Catholic Vote and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida vocally objected to the decision to honor the so-called “sisters.”

Many conservatives responded on social media by slamming the baseball team for caving. 

“Yes, it is vital that the national pastime honor and support those who mock religion and decency,” reacted Daily Wire co-founder and podcaster Ben Shapiro.

“The Gay Mafia will always extract their payment for ‘protection,’” said Crisis magazine editor-in-chief Eric Sammons. 

Some social media users hinted that the team should face similar backlash to beer company Bud Light, which is continuing to endure a massive boycott after its decision to promote transgender-identifying TikTok activist Dylan Mulvaney. 

In contrast to honoring blasphemous drag “nuns,” in 2018 the Chicago White Sox baseball team invited Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, a sister at Marian Catholic High School, to throw the first pitch of a game.  

Similarly, while the Dodgers are now supporting the anti-Catholic group, the baseball franchise was formerly respectful of religion.  

Former Dodgers great Sandy Koufax, a left-handed pitcher who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, famously refused to pitch during Game 1 of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur, the most important holy day in the Jewish calendar. He previously opted out of games that landed on Passover and Rosh Hashanah. 

And Koufax wasn’t alone in living an active faith. Legendary announcer Vin Scully, the “Voice of the Dodgers” for 67 years, was a staunch Catholic. Scully, who passed away last year at 94 years, was described by Catholic News Agency’s Jonah McKeown as “a devout Catholic who found in his faith a source of joy and comfort and sought to share it with others through personal kindness and philanthropy.” 

As LifeSiteNews previously reported, Scully was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and even narrated a two-CD audio recording of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 2016. 

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To make your views respectfully known, readers can contact the LA Dodgers Executive/Administrative Offices at: 1-866-363-4377 ext. 9