Bill Donohue
Bill Donohue

The New York-based Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has lit into the Multnomah County Library for hosting a children’s hour with drag queens who dress as flamboyant nuns.

On Oct. 23, the Hillsdale Library hosted “Drag Queen Storytime with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” for children ages 2 to 6.

“Sister Donna” and “Sister Olive” read stories about inclusion and diversity, followed by crafts and dancing.

Bill Donohue, Catholic League president, says the pair are disrespectful to Catholicism.

“The ‘sisters’ have a long tradition of mocking nuns and bashing Catholicism,” Donohue said in an email post. “They are popular in San Francisco. Now they have set their sights on little kids.”

Donohue objects that a publicly funded entity arranged the show, saying it offends Catholics and sexualizes children, despite its stated good intentions. 

Library officials heard from members of the public who objected to the event.

“Multnomah County Library welcomes everyone,” said library spokesman Shawn Cunningham. “The library will weigh and reflect on the feedback and work to ensure that the library remains open and inclusive to all.”