Providence Bishop Faces Backlash After Tweet About Pride Month

Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin

(Bishop Thomas Tobin/Twitter)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop is defending a tweet urging Catholics to not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events, but says he didn't mean to offend anyone.

Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin sparked a backlash Saturday when he tweeted Saturday that Pride Month events in June "promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals" and "are especially harmful for children."


Thousands of people responded to his tweet, many harshly criticizing Tobin. Some referred to the ongoing child sexual abuse scandal in the church.

Tobin says he felt it was his obligation to "teach the faith, clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues" in an emailed statement Sunday.

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