Bishop faces backlash after tweet about Pride Month
By News Staff
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic bishop is facing a backlash after tweeting that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events.
Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin tweeted Saturday that Pride Month events in June “promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals.”
Tobin also said that these events are “especially harmful for children”.
Actress Mia Farrow was among 60,000 people who replied on Twitter, calling the bishop’s comments “pure ignorance & bigotry.”
Farrow and many others who criticized the tweet also referred to the sex abuse of children by clergy.
In response to the tweet, the LGBTQ group Rhode Island Pride planned a rally in Providence Sunday evening at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
As of Sunday afternoon, Bishop Tobin’s tweet has received more than 15,000 likes, 5,000 retweets, and 805 comments.
A statement from Bishop Tobin was released Sunday afternoon.
*This Story uses information from The Associated Press