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It’s hard to believe, but on June 5 California Democrats honored one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Michael Williams (he goes by “Sister Roma”). The invitation was extended by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins. Williams is one of a larger group of queers and trans persons that was honored on the floor of the Capitol in Sacramento.

Throughout much of the last century, the Democrats were the Catholic-friendly Party. That changed in the 1970s, and in recent years it has become increasingly inhospitable to Catholics. While there are still great Catholic Democrats, too many are now openly anti-Catholic. This event proves it.

Faithful Catholics held an ecumenical prayer vigil on the west steps of the Capitol.

On the day of the award ceremony, June 16, L.A. County Supervisor, Lindsay Horvath, said, “Congratulations to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on your honor tonight at Dodger’s Pride Night. Your commitment to service and our Catholic values inspires me.”

The only difference between these California Democrats and the Ku Klux Klan is that the latter promotes violence. But non-violent bigotry is not only intolerable, it abets its violent manifestations.

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