Mary Margaret Olohan | Reporter
Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is facing backlash for a Saturday tweet in which he told Catholics not to support LGBTQ pride events.
Tobin, who serves as the bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, spoke out as Pride Month began June 1. He told Catholics the months events “promote a culture and encourage activities” that go against their faith. The bishops message then began trending on Twitter. (RELATED: Heres What We Know About Cardinal McCarrick, Pope Francis And The Figueiredo Report)
“A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events held in June,” he tweeted. “They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.”
A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ “Pride Month” events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.
— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) June 1, 2019
Following the large amount of negative backlash his tweet received, Tobin released a statement standing by his tweet but saying he regrets the offense his comments might have caused.
This is pure ignorance & bigotry. Ignore this hate-filled hypocrite. His mind set leads only to suffering. He brings to mind those priests who molested my brothers. Of COURSE we should embrace our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and children. Jesus spoke of love
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 2, 2019
Youre a Catholic priest, you promote a culture thats contradictory to the Bible you hold dear by allowing men to get away with crimes not only against children but women. What Im trying to say so elegantly is Go fuck yourself
— Shad Gaspard (@Shadbeast) June 2, 2019
“I regret that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community,” Tobin said in the statement released by the Diocese of Providence on Sunday. “That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense. I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter.”
The bishop added he and the Catholic church respect and love members of the gay community and that people with same-sex attraction are “beloved children of God and our brothers and sisters.”
“As a Catholic Bishop, however, my obligation before God is to lead the faithful entrusted to my care and to teach the faith, clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues,” the bishop said. “That is what I have always tried to do – on a variety of issues – and I will continue doing so as contemporary issues arise.”
Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, Texas, spoke out in defense of Tobin, saying in a tweet that the bishop was “simply speaking for one truth of the deposit of faith.”
“God made humans male & female,” he tweeted. “Certainly those who are confused about their identity need Christs love & compassion, lets remember Christs love is expressed when dies on the cross for the truth.”
Bishop Tobin is simply speaking for one truth of the deposit of faith. God made humans male & female. Certainly those who are confused aboutRead More – Source