Rhode Island Bishop Criticized for Telling Catholics Not to Participate in LGBT Pride Month Events

Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin in 2013.

A Rhode Island Bishop has come under fire for tweeting a warning against participating in pro-LGBT “pride” events.

In a message addressed to his diocese, Bishop Thomas Tobin tweeted that these occasions “promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals,” before warning that “Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June.”

In addition to this stern caution, Tobin also insisted that the events, which often involve the appearance of scantily clad gay, lesbian and trans people, are “especially harmful for children.”

Within a day of posting the message, Tobin was inundated with criticism, receiving almost 100,000 replies, most of which were overtly negative. “This is pure ignorance & bigotry. Ignore this hate-filled hypocrite. His mind set leads only to suffering,” one person wrote.

“You know what’s proven to be actually harmful to children..? The Catholic Church,” another jabbed, seeking to draw attention to the sexual abuse crisis that has engulfed the church in recent years.

Tennis star Martina Navratilova also took this line of criticism, tweeting that “the Catholic clergy has been a lot more dangerous to kids than LGBT. Just so you don’t forget….”

In response to the Bishop’s tweet, the pro-LGBT community decided to organize a protest Sunday, which occurred outside the Providence Diocese’s Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul while Mass was being celebrated inside.

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Source: Christian Headlines