The Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, known as the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly church, recently hosted a controversial event dubbed “Drag Sunday.”
The service was held in honor of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of queer and trans individuals who are often accused of mocking Catholicism through their actions.
This event has ignited a firestorm of criticism from conservatives who view it as a blatant disregard for the sanctity of religious spaces and the teachings of the Bible.
The Cathedral of Hope is a liberal Christian church affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC), a socially liberal Protestant Christian denomination rooted in the Congregational, Continental Reformed, and Lutheran traditions.
“Drag Sunday” at Cathedral of Hope “church” in Dallas featured the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence this morning.
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) September 17, 2023
The church’s decision to hold a service blessing the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has been seen by many as a step towards inclusivity. However, others argue that it crosses a line, undermining the sanctity of religious spaces and contradicting biblical teachings.
During the service, attendees recited a pledge of allegiance to the satanic group, further fueling the controversy. The church defended its actions in a Facebook post, arguing that the term “family values” has often been used to support hate and exclusion.
They believe their actions promote healthy families, meaningful connections, strong communities, and embody the good news of radical love and mercy.
However, not everyone agreed with this sentiment. Approximately 40 demonstrators gathered outside the Cathedral of Hope on the morning of the service to voice their opposition.
Their disapproval was directed towards the service dedicated to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, whom they referred to as “anti-Catholic.”
🧵A few months ago, the Left was celebrating the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence." The LA Dodgers gave them an award. Public elementary schools invited them to read to children. Anyone who suggested this depraved group shouldn't be applauded was labeled a hateful bigot. pic.twitter.com/mPGuAQLfwN
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 12, 2023
Among the protesters was Cesar Franco of the nonprofit America Needs Fatima, who expressed his dismay at the mockery of the purity of nuns and the institution of the Catholic faith.
Jim Muller of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property also voiced his protest against what he termed as an “abomination.”
Despite the backlash, a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence told The Dallas Express that it was important for them to attend the service to “promulgate omniversal joy and expiate guilt” and show support for the LGBTQ and drag communities.