Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Says He Has ‘Obligation Before God’ After Drawing Outrage for Comments Warning Against Celebration of LGBT Pride Month

Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, triggered an avalanche of outrage over the weekend after he advised Christians against participating in events related to Pride Month because they promote a culture antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.

Now, Tobin has responded to outrage — and he is not backing down.

What triggered the outrage?

“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,” Tobin wrote on Twitter.


The seemingly innocuous tweet that echoes traditional Christian values immediately generated outrage online, amassing nearly 100,000 responses by Tuesday.

What was the response?

The internet, along with Hollywood celebrities and politicians, rallied together to rebuke Tobin. Many voiced frustration over Tobin’s claim that LGBT culture is “harmful for children.”

“You know what’s proven to be actually harmful to children..? The Catholic Church,” one person said.

“A reminder of why religion is dangerous, sad & divisive. Doesn’t your ‘God’ love everyone? And the track record of children being safe in the company of priests is hardly solid,” another person said.

“Annnnd we wonder why there’s a crisis in the Catholic Church. The countless accounts of sexual abuse by your priests is HARMFUL TO CHILDREN,” another person wrote.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast, Chris Enloe