A Roman Catholic bishop from Rhode Island is facing backlash for a tweet labeling LGBTQ Pride Month events as “especially harmful for children” and arguing that those who follow the faith should not support them.
Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin sent the message on Saturday, the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month and argued that the events in the honorary month “promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals.” . . .
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
The largely hostile response to Tobin’s tweet prompted him to trend on the social media site and thousands of users have responded since. On Sunday, he released a statement saying he regretted that his comments “turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community.” . . .
A reminder that you’re wrong. About everything. I’ll pray for you.
— Bryce Tache 🇺🇸 (@brycetache) June 2, 2019
A reminder that parents should not support or attend church anymore. Catholic priests promote a culture of pedophilia and encourage activities that are contrary to the safety of young children and society’s faith and morals.
— 💧Bethany Williams (@BethanyinCBR) June 2, 2019
Tobin said that the Catholic Church has “respect and love for members of the gay community, as do I … 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.”
As Pride Month celebrations ensue, Tobin said he would be “praying for a rebirth of mutual understanding and respect in our very diverse community.” (Read more from “Bishop Faces MAJOR Backlash over Tweet Against Pride Month” HERE)