Bishop v the gays: controversy takes a new turn

Bishop v the gays: controversy takes a new turn June 5, 2019
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FOLLOWING our report yesterday about the global backlash against a Rhode Island bishop who warned about the grave dangers Pride events pose to children, I learned today that the Democratic Governor of the state, Gina Raimondo, above, has weighed into row – and a priest has pleaded with members of the LGBT community not to abandon the Catholic Church.

Raimondo described Bishop Thomas Tobin’s comments  as “very unfortunate” and said she stands with the LGBT community. She added that Pride Month events are “an expression of equality, love and tolerance.”

She doesn’t think the bishop meant to hurt anyone, but his comments “made a lot of people feel unsafe, unwanted and unloved.”

Meanwhile the Rev Edward L Pieroni has begged gay and lesbian parishioners not to leave the church, saying:

A lot of people have hung in there, but it’s like, ‘one more slap and we are done.’ I am here to beg you – and I will get on my hands and knees and beg you – not to leave.

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Tobin, above, warned Catholics in a tweet last week not to support Pride events because:

They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.

There was an immediate backlash. More than 80,000 people responded by Monday morning. Some supported the bishop but the majority reportedly reacted with anger.

Not mentioned in any of the reports I read about Tobin’s hateful tweet was the fact that, in 2018, he found himself enmeshed in a major clerical child abuse scandal – and sparked fury when he used Twitter to make this outrageously insensitive remark:

Despite the egregious offenses of a few, and despite the faults and sins we all have, I’ve very proud of my brother bishops and I admire and applaud the great work they do every day for Christ and His Church.

Writing for the New Boston Post, Kevin Thomas said:

When the Church appears serene about evil actions of its own clergy, it insults the victims, deflates the congregations, and, I assume, undermines most of the clerics that are truly holy.

These words support the many who pointed out, following Tobin’s latest tweet, that children are infinitely more likely to be endangered by priests than they are by being exposed to LGBT Pride events.

The row in Maine coincides with news that the US Catholic Church had spent $10.6 million on lobbyists to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.

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  • fullofdoubt

    Not a Maine Bishop according to yesterday’s post. And although Maine does have a woman as Governor she’s not the one refered to in the article.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Maine’s governor is Janet Mills, not this person.
    Gina Raimondo is governor of Rhode Island.

    Tobin is bishop in Rhode Island, not Maine.

  • Barry Duke

    Apologies. Corrections made.

  • You know what’s “especially harmful for children,” Bishop? Catholic priests and their pedophile-protecting enablers.

    Get the beam out of your eye, before you start complaining about the motes in the eyes of others.

  • Jim Jones

    It’s like they never even READ the bible!

  • HematitePersuasion

    Imagine — just for a moment — that this quote is coming from a domestic abuser.

    A lot of people have hung in there, but it’s like, ‘one more slap and we are done.’ I am here to beg you – and I will get on my hands and knees and beg you – not to leave.

    It’s not hard, I’ve heard a man say almost exactly that to his girlfriend after ripping the phone out of the wall to keep her from calling the police.

    At least four neighbors (including Yours Truly) called 911 for her.

    The police offered to take her to a safe place. She agreed, fuming about how she couldn’t believe she had ended up with an abuser …

    In this case, a happy ending.

    Leave. Please. Just. Leave. This. Abusive. Relationship. Please. Leave.

  • persephone

    #EmptythePews the sooner the better.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    Despite the egregious offenses of a few, and despite the faults and sins we all have, I’ve very proud of my brother bishops and I admire and applaud the great work they do every day for Christ and His Church.

    Notice this scurrilous scalawag doesn’t even MENTION the bishops doing anything to benefit the *populace* or the laity, just their superstition and its fan club.

  • rubaxter

    The general understanding is the Church is the People, not the building.

    Or, at least that’s the Bibble-lical propaganda most Protestant sects aver.

  • rubaxter

    The LGBT is the only outlet for the ‘religious fervor’ of the Church’s con-men. If they bother children, the strong organized crime influence in the state will prolly give the Church a few more capons/castratos for re-assignment. That leetle dirty fact is what gives the Gub’nor’s statement the underlying malice.

    I’d assume it’s VERY frustrating for the priesthood.

  • Tracey

    One has to wonder if Rev Pieroni is more concerned with the eternal salvation of the Poz or his ability to hide in plain sight.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    I NEVER hear Christians saying that. I wonder if they know who said it…

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    That’s right, you old dinosaur. Just keep driving people away from religion.

    Rhode Island, with its miniscule territory, sounds infinitely more livable than all of Texas.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    I bet that a lot of people only know Maine as the setting of Stephen King’s novels and Rhode Island as the setting of Family Guy and the Farrelly brothers’ movies.

    No matter. Both states sound preferable to any part of the south.

  • Judgeforyourself37

    The RCC cares more about fetuses than it does about children who are here on Earth and being abused by priests who should be protecting them from any type of abuse. How can any thinking, educated, intelligent adult even enter a Catholic Church?

  • Honestly, I don’t even think they care about fetuses. They care about control.

  • Tusk

    Has the audacity to push morals and harming children…. a delusional lot, indeed.
    More like a virus, that needs a cure.
    They’re killing their own cause from the inside out. Jesus wept…..

  • sweeks

    Can’t have sex with a fetus. Mystery solved.

  • Facebook User

    The reality is that they worship a man who adulated evil scriptures and declared them sacred. The worship of Jesus amounts to a microagression at the very least. Without the bishop showing his hate we will never learn Christianity’s true nature.

    Any promotion of Christianity to children is a microaggression against LGBT. No lies by some LGBT activists that you can reconcile gay sex with Christian faith can stand up. True respect for LGBT rights is as follows, “I don’t need Jesus or God’s approval and I will not pretend I have them. Human rights trumps religious rights period.”. The fact remains that to promote Jesus is disloyal to LGBT rights. It is not right to hound the bishop for bigotry as if Jesus is not responsible. The bishop is merely a bigot following a bigot. Jesus gave a core teaching, ” Jesus the bigot said, Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? [Gen. 2:24] So they are no longer two, but one flesh. (Matt. 19:4–6).” There is no evidence that he was against celibate gay relationships but it is clear the sex was considered a grave sin. Leviticus says that two men are nto stoned to death by Gods command for being gay but for a sex act.