Here's the tweet. Simple. It just tells Catholics the truth. A friend of mine from the San Francisco area describes the parades there where homosexuals go nude, masturbate in public, engage in sodomy in the street, where S&M garb as master and slave, etc. Yes indeed, "pride" events celebrate grave immorality. Bishop Tobin spoke the simple truth.
Now, let's discuss the backlash (88,000 tweets and counting) which mostly accused the bishop of hatred and spewed other personal attacks on both him and the Church. Some celebrities brought up the priest sex abuse scandal in their comments which required ignoring that over 80% of the priest abuse was HOMOSEXUAL in nature. Really...help to prove the bishop's point, why don't you!
You can't have it both ways, Hollywood. If homosexual priests are harmful to children so are the homosexuals in the general population who abuse children. And there are plenty of them including some of the drag queens invited to public libraries to prance and preen. And then there is the evidence of the damage to children who are sexually abused. A number of gay men report being abused as minors. As Michael Brown reported in 2017, Yes, Childhood Sexual Abuse Often Does Contribute to Homosexuality
Bishop Tobin's tweet was true. He took the tsunami of criticism as an opportunity to clarify, but did NOT apologize for his tweet. Here's what Catholic News Agency reported:
“The Catholic Church has respect and love for members of the gay community, as do I,” the bishop wrote in a statement Sunday, adding that “individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and our brothers and sisters.”...
Tobin expressed regret that his tweet had “turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially in the gay community.” He did not apologize for or retract any of the content of his original statement.
“That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense,” said Tobin, also acknowledging that he had received “widespread support” for his tweet.
While noting that he was not motivated by hatred, Tobin said that as a bishop, “my obligation before God is to lead the faithful entrusted to my care and to teach the faith, clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues,” said Tobin. “That is what I have always tried to do - on a variety of issues - and I will continue doing so as contemporary issues arise.”I'm sending a note of thanks to Bishop Tobin for speaking the truth in love. If you want to join me, the contact information for the Diocese of Providence is:
If you prefer to send an email anyway, you can mail to his secretary at
Secretary to Bishop Tobin & Secretary to Auxiliary Bishop Robert C. Evans