Catholic Bishop gets roasted for hypocritical anti-LGBTQ, Pride Month tweet

Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin tweeted out a message to Catholics, warning them the dangers of Pride events, especially for children. The tweet quickly backfired.

“A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June,” Tobin wrote. “They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.”

People were quick to point out the hypocrisy in the tweet.

Twitter users reminded Tobin of the numerous Catholic Church sexual abuse scandals involving young children.

“Reading the news it seems that Catholic bishops are way, way more dangerous to children than all the Prides ever,” Esa Annala wrote on Twitter.

Twitter came through with the receipts because the fact that Tobin was served as auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1992 to 1996 was also brought up.

A grand jury said in 2018 that the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania was responsible for covering up decades of the sexual abuse of about 1,000 children by more than 300 priests.

Tobin is known for being an outspoken conservative. When former President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage in 2012, Tobin told the Providence Journal, a local newspaper, that “it was a sad day in American history.”

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Stephanie Fillion

Stephanie Fillion

Stéphanie Fillion is a French-Canadian journalist covering politics and foreign affairs in Montreal, Canada. She has worked for Radio-Canada in Vancouver and was a San Paolo fellow at La Stampa in Turin. In 2015, she won the Eu-Canada Young Journalist Award. She holds an M.A. in Journalism, Politics and Global Affairs from Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. in Comparative Politics, History and Italian Studies from McGill University. Her work appeared in outlets such as Quartz, Vice News, Ipolitics, and PassBlue.