Religious Orders Call On MLB To Force San Diego Padres To Change Name

July 24, 2020 by  
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Dozens of Catholic religious leaders and communities sent a letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Monday asking the league to force the Padres organization to change their team name to something less offensive.

The letter obtained by EOTT demands the league to stop all use of “Catholic names and depictions,” and specifically asks the Padres in general to “cease all papist caricatures.”

“You have sports teams like the Padres, which depict an offensive caricature of a rotund priest hitting a baseball,” said Fr. Nathanial Duarte, head of the Catholic committee that first brought the issue to the public. “We’re also asking the Los Angeles Angels to cease using the halo.”

In addition to the MLB teams, religious leaders also plan to protest other leagues, including the NFL to remove the Saints logo and name from the New Orleans franchise.

At press time, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is asking the NHL’s New Jersey Devils to change their name, for, according to them, “holy, holy, holy is the Fallen Angel, whose name shall not be blasphemed.”