CatholicVote Leads $1M Boycott Against Dodgers’ Anti-Catholic Stance

CatholicVote, a prominent Catholic advocacy organization, has called for a boycott of the Los Angeles Dodgers, raising the stakes in the ongoing dispute over the baseball team’s affiliation with an anti-Catholic group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. This group, comprised of transgender drag queens, is notorious for its provocative mockery of the Catholic Church.

Fueled by a million-dollar ad campaign, the boycott is the most recent development in the escalating controversy that the Dodgers’ upcoming Pride Night event on June 16 has stirred up. The Dodgers have sparked national attention and fierce backlash from the Catholic community after announcing plans to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with a “Community Heroes Award” during their Pride Night. The seemingly inclusive gesture by the Dodgers has been perceived as a stark disrespect to the Catholic faith, igniting uproar from notable figures, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Catholic League president Bill Donohue, and Catholic Bishop Robert Barron.

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, expressed the organization’s disdain in a letter sent to the Dodgers’ principal owner Mark Walter and CEO Stan Kasten. Burch urged the team to reconsider their decision: “We wrote to you last week with a reasonable ask: Please do not honor this anti-Catholic hate group.” Burch highlighted the millions of devoted Catholics who support his organization and uphold the values of life, family, and freedom — values once shared by the Dodgers. Yet, the Dodgers’ recent decisions suggest a shift away from these principles, seemingly placing inclusivity above respect for religious faith.

The controversy intensified as it was revealed that Sam Brinton, a former leader of the D.C. chapter of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and ex-Biden administration official facing multiple legal troubles, played a significant role in the organization’s activities. This revelation adds another dimension to the ongoing controversy, casting doubt on the judgment and moral compass of the Dodgers’ administration.

Despite strong opposition, the Dodgers have stayed resolute in honoring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Following initial backlash and a brief withdrawal of the invitation, the Dodgers once again extended the invitation, stating, “After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities 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 actions of the Dodgers have raised questions about the balance between inclusivity and respect for religious faith. The decision to honor a group that openly mocks a faith followed by millions in the United States demonstrates a disregard for religious sentiments and fuels division rather than fostering unity.