While the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is encouraging Catholics to pray in reparation as the Los Angeles Dodgers honor an anti-Catholic group, the archdiocese has clarified that it is not involved with an LA prayer rally set to be headlined by Texas’ Bishop Joseph Strickland, and organized by a coalition of conservative Catholic organizations.

“This year, on June 16—the day of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — a professional baseball team has shockingly chosen to honor a group whose lewdness and vulgarity in mocking our Lord, His Mother, and consecrated women cannot be overstated. This is not just offensive and painful to Christians everywhere; it is blasphemy,” the conference said.

The USCCB said its call was made by conference president Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who chairs the USCCB’s religious liberty committee and by LA’s own Archbishop Jose Gomez, himself a former conference president.

The USCCB’s decision to address the Dodgers controversy would appear to mark a more robust engagement with cultural issues for the conference, apparently with the support of Gomez.

The short statement was unusual in its strong language for a conference release— charging the baseball team with outright blasphemy for its decision to honor the anti-Catholic group.

In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, communication has also been sharp — a noted break from Gomez’ often reserved style on public issues.

An announcement on the archdiocesan website lamented that “[t]he forthcoming Dodgers event honoring a group that mocks women religious, and worse, desecrates the Cross, profanes the Eucharist, and disrupts Holy Mass has caused disappointment, dismay, and pain in our Catholic community, as well as among our fellow Christians and people of good will.”

“The Archdiocese calls on Catholics to stand together in prayer,” a recent statement explained.

But despite its calls for prayer and solidarity, the archdiocese clarified June 9 that it was not connected to a prayer procession planned for June 16 — which was originally billed to begin at the archdiocesan cathedral….

The event was announced to be led by Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, and according to LifeSiteNews, was originally scheduled to begin outside Los Angeles’ Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels — but has since been moved to a parking lot near Dodgers’ Stadium.

—The procession organizers “DO NOT recommend bringing children” as both a heavy police presence and “hostility” from counter protestors are expected.

From The Pillar