Bishop Tobin: Catholics should not support LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic Bishop, Thomas Tobin, is making his position on “Pride Month” known loud and clear.

The leader of the Providence Diocese took to Twitter Saturday, writing, “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 hours, Tobin’s tweet was trending on Twitter with thousands of retweets and comments.  

Joe Lazzerini, the president of Rhode Island Pride, says he immediately questions the tweet after seeing it.

“There are Catholics all across Rhode Island who support the LGBTQIA plus community and I honestly think that it’s shameful that Bishop Tobin is resorting to these attacks on the first day of pride month, on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall,” Lazzerini said.

Events will be happening throughout the entire month celebrating Pride.

“Pride isn’t harmful, love is not harmful, it’s 2019,” Lazzarini said.

Rhode Island Pride said in a statement it plans to hold a rally in Cathedral Square in Providence Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in response to Tobin’s tweet.

Eyewitness News reached out to a church spokesperson for further comment or an interview with Bishop Tobin but is yet to hear back.

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