US bishop left reeling by backlash against his hate-filled tweet

US bishop left reeling by backlash against his hate-filled tweet June 4, 2019

RHODE Island Bishop Thomas Tobin ignited an international firestorm when he tweeted a warning to his diocese not to support events during America’s June Pride Month – and was told by one furious British TV personality, Julian Clary, that he hoped ‘God would strike him dead!’

According to LifeShiteNews, Tobin, above, tweeted on June 1:

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.

Within 48 hours, an astounding 86,000 mostly negative replies were posted to Bishop Tobin’s tweet calling his comments “disgusting”, accusing him of being a “hate-filled hypocrite”, and spreading “poisonous thinking”.

A pro-LGBT protest was quickly organisd for Sunday evening. The protest took place outside the Providence Diocese’s Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul while Mass went on inside.

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Pro-LGBT celebrities seized the opportunity to condemn Catholic teaching.

“This is pure ignorance & bigotry,” tweeted actress Mia Farrow, above.

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.

“Shame on you. LGBT kids are thrown out on the streets and abandoned because of poisonous thinking like yours,” said fellow actress Patricia Arquette.

Lesbian tennis champ Martina Navratilova ignored the substance of Bishop Tobin’s statement and instead rehashed past clergy sexual abuse scandals, saying,

A reminder that Catholic clergy has been a lot more dangerous to kids than LGBT. Just so you don’t forget …

Author of the LifeShite report, anti-gay Christian homosexual Doug Mainwaring, pointed out that Navratilova did not mention that most sex abuser priests are homosexuals who prey on adolescent boys.

In Tobin’s hometown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was ordained, the LGBT group which sponsors Pittsburgh’s PrideFest called for that diocese to publicly denounce the Providence, Rhode Island bishop.

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Gay British comedian and actor Julian Clary, above, said he hoped that God would strike Bishop Tobin dead:

May God strike you down Bishop, at His earliest convenience.

Mainwaring said that two days after “the extreme pummeling” of Bishop Tobin began, only one of his brother bishops has come to his defence. Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland at first tweeted his gratitude for Bishop Tobin’s sage advice to his flock: “Thanks for speaking up Bishop Tobin….let us be mighty loving messengers of truth and light in Jesus Christ.”

Strickland later said:

Bishop Tobin is simply speaking for one truth of the deposit of faith. God made humans male & female. Certainly those who are confused about their identity need Christ’s love & compassion, let’s remember Christ’s love is expressed when dies on the cross for the truth.

Dr Taylor Marshall, author of the just released book Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within, suggested that the harsh treatment Tobin has received in response to his simple tweet defending Catholic teaching is precisely the reason prelates are so often reticent when it comes to proclaiming the truths of our faith.

If you read the horrible & savage comments addressed to Bishop Thomas Tobin, you will see why bishops don’t speak out. They are afraid of this reaction. I respect Bishop Tobin for his bravery & for weathering this storm like [an] oak. He has a spine and a couple of other things, too.

On Sunday, Bishop Tobin issued the following mealy-mouthed statement:

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. 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 Catholic Church has respect and love for members of the gay community, as do I. Individuals 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.

 That is what I have always tried to do – on a variety of issues – and I will continue doing so as contemporary issues arise.

As the gay community gathers for a rally this evening, I hope that the event will be a safe, positive and productive experience for all. As they gather I will be praying for a rebirth of mutual understanding and respect in our very diverse community.

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At roughly the same time Bishop Tobin issued his original tweet, pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin, above, sent out one of his own, implying that God creates people gay.

“To all my many LGBTQ friends, Catholic and otherwise: Happy Pride Month,” said Martin.

Be proud of your God-given dignity, of the gifts God has given you, of your place in the world, and of your many contributions to the church. For you are ‘wonderfully made’ by God (Ps 139).

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  • CoastalMaineBird

    I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter.

    Moms are great that way.

  • Broga

    “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. Although not nearly as harmful as Catholic priests.”

    I decided, in the interests of truth and accuracy, to add a sentence which Bishop Tobin omitted. Quite understandable. Nobody’s perfect, especially Catholic bishops.

  • Raymond Metcalfe

    They promote a culture which unlike the catholic church is open and supportive and kind. Yes you can see why he wouldn’t want catholics going they might something that’s not found inside the church

  • Chris Hogue

    What’s more harmful to children, a pride event or Catholic clergy?

  • Michael Neville

    Tobin gets massive support in e-mail.

  • Michael Neville

    Just one more piece of evidence that the Catholic Church doesn’t care about actual people. Power over others is their sole motivation, as shown by Tobin giving orders that Catholics should not support LGBTQ+ people since the bishop considers them untermenschen.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    Tobin gets massive support from his own swollen ego making a mountain out of the molehill of support actually offered.

  • Etranger

    He gets massive support every Sunday, sadly.

  • Etranger

    Why a I monitored on here?! LOL This is a non-religious blog right? My comments about Catholic hypocrites gets moderated?!

  • Etranger

    The sad thing is that people who supposedly support LGBTQ+ stay in this hate group!

  • persephone

    Some Catholic man, who used to be a military chaplain, tweeted that women needed to cover their shoulders because it was making it difficult for men to concentrate in church. I just don’t get it.

  • zenlike
  • WallofSleep

    Here’s the mind numbingly ridiculous list of verboten words which were rolled out patheos wide late last Friday:

  • Syzygy

    IDK. I was warned more than once about equation religion to mental illness.
    As if there’s anything more obvious than that.
    If I’m “disappeared, as in Catch 22” you’ll know why.

  • Etranger

    Good point. I never do that. But I point out hypocritical progressive Catholics and people don’t like that.

  • Etranger

    This is weird

  • It’s only 60 years since the Catholic areseholes were punishing kids for being left-handed. They never learn.

  • His church’s teachings are wrong and harmful. He needs to be told.

  • Etranger

    Well that is our opinion. I agree but his followers need to leave if they don’t agree.

  • Etranger

    How did you see my pending comment?!

  • Syzygy

    mmmmm, I’ll take a guess.
    Is it catholics?
    What did I win?

  • Syzygy

    Why would anyone need to concentrate in church?
    Why would anyone be in a church?

  • Etranger

    I don’t get why a woman would be in a Catholic Church!! Oh, right, many buy into the crud.

  • Chris Hogue

    You’ve won the “First to answer the rhetorical question award” and you guessed correctly. Congrats, but both will get you the same thing I would’ve for placing 23rd in a potato sack race at the local fair while I was a child, knowledge of participation sans trophy/ribbon/prize.

  • Kelly H

    Less than that. My mother turns 60 next year, and she has a friend the same age who was forced to change hands at a Catholic school in Sydney.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Apparently the new filters don’t like it when you call out bishops on their hypocrisy.

  • WallofSleep

    The r-word is on the list of verboten words.

  • Judgeforyourself37

    The RCC also is more supportive of fetuses than it is of girls and women!

  • Judgeforyourself37

    Hey, religious nutcases proliferate. How can any educated. intelligent person support a religion that, on one says that artificial contraception is a sin, and then state that abortion is a sin. In fact I know few members of the RCC that rely on NFP, the ones that do, have more children than they planned on having. You would think that a church that felt that abortion was a sin would be very supportive of artificial contraception. I guess they want their cake and eat it, too. Can’t happen folks, it just does not work.

  • Judgeforyourself37

    Sometimes change starts within. Anyone who is LBGT was LBGT at birth, eventually the RCC will come to this realization.
    As for abortion, why would any intelligent woman with an education ever believe a group of, supposedly celibate men on the subject of either contraception or abortion?

  • EllyR
  • persephone

    You can point out to them that nothing in the Bible supports those positions, and abortion wasn’t rejected until 1869, but they don’t care. They can’t step back and look at any of it logically. Some columnist was complaining about how hard it is for her to get a date because she supports humanae vitae.

    This is why I have so many headaches. I can only roll my eyes so many times without causing muscle spasms.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    As if we didn’t need another reminder of why the younger generation rejects religion.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    A few weeks ago, Bill Maher’s final New Rule was all about Catholics who are against people having fun: Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, and 2/3 of the Supreme Court.

  • Taximan72

    The leaders of the criminal organization have no valid opinion. Shut down the RCC and distribute the assets on the thousands, if not millions of victims of these degenerates.

  • Tracey

    Sure, but how will the degenerate populations in SF, LA, NY &etc feel about all that competition being relocated at once?

  • Arthur F. Meincke

    The Roman Catholic Church is the worlds oldest TERRORIST Organization!