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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, June 07, 2023

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.


Why are the Los Angeles Dodgers honoring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group whose stock-in-trade is provoking the outrage of Catholics? Is it because these days nobody is worried about Catholic outrage?

The Dodgers (the team’s name seems appropriate) deserve special notice, because they had originally withdrawn their invitation to the SPI, after an initial burst of protest from Catholics, and then they renewed it. If they were not convinced that SPI is a hate group, why did they withdraw the invitation? If they were convinced, why did they renew it? The answer seems obvious: The Dodgers feared an ugly backlash from the SPI and their allies, far more than they feared the response of angry Catholics. …

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