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R.I. Bishop Bashes New Governor Over Support For Marriage Equality

Providence Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin isn't wasting any time. Just one day after newly sworn in Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee expressed his strong desire to bring marriage equality to that state, Tobin has come out against his vocal support.

Tobin Tobin, in a statement to the media, said the drive to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island was “morally wrong and detrimental to the well-being of our state” and called out Chafee in particular for his support of the measure.

“It is particularly disturbing that our new governor, who has trumpeted his desire to bring our state together in unity, would adopt such a very divisive agenda item as one of his first priorities,” he said. “His proposal violates the sincere conscience of many of our citizens and inflames passions on both sides of the issue. … Our state leaders could better serve all Rhode Islanders by working on initiatives that will create jobs and improve the overall economic health of our state.”

But that wasn't the only thing Tobin criticized Chafee about this week. The governor decided to forgo a traditional public prayer service before this week's inauguration, something that Tobin has expressed his unhappiness about.

Tobin told WPRI that he is puzzled and troubled that Chafee wants to, very soon, give everyone in Rhode Island the right to marry the person they love. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Surprise, surprise.
    Some Catholic priest spouts at the mouth over teh gay instead of actually helping less fortunate people.

    Like some random guy named Jesus told them to.

    Posted by: Joanie | Jan 8, 2011 8:27:25 AM

  2. The Catholics need to keep their mouths shut on political matters or lose their tax-exempt status.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 8, 2011 8:29:03 AM

  3. Watch how quickly the speech-making becomes DVD distributing, news editorializing, special collections at Sunday Mass, etc.
    When a church enters the body politic, they should lose their non-profit status.
    IRS, are you listening?

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jan 8, 2011 8:40:50 AM

  4. Same old tired crap from the Catholic Crutch.

    Posted by: ichabod | Jan 8, 2011 9:00:14 AM

  5. Once again, a priest is inflaming passions on both sides by not minding his own business. Nothing in the law will say anything about the sacrament he performs. This is a state matter regarding CIVIL marriage and has nothing to do with his church.

    Posted by: Gus | Jan 8, 2011 9:07:48 AM

  6. Indeed, Wavin' Dave


    TAX THE CHURCH!!!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 8, 2011 9:32:32 AM

  7. He's just angry that the new law doesn't allow marriage to 7 year old boys

    Posted by: Phil | Jan 8, 2011 9:35:43 AM

  8. Great to be lectured by a church that condones child molestation. That damage lasts decades, Bishop, I know from personal experience.

    You really ought to deal with that first before you tell decent people how to live.

    By the way, the Bishop might also get it in his mind that only a tiny portion of the NH public even belongs to his church. He really is no different than any other nut or bigot screaming at lamp posts in the middle of the night.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 8, 2011 9:47:05 AM

  9. What does he know about gays? This makes me angry. Good thing is they cannot change the time.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 8, 2011 9:47:14 AM

  10. In this time of struggle it would be great if the Catholic church could focus on feeding the hungry and helping the poor instead of wasting their time on divisiveness.

    Posted by: Gary | Jan 8, 2011 9:48:49 AM

  11. "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" - Henry II

    Posted by: mike/ | Jan 8, 2011 9:59:32 AM

  12. A corrupt institution on its last legs trying unsuccessfully to be relevant.

    In the case of the roman church, they should not only be taxed, their property should be seized, sold and the proceeds distributed to the victims of pedophilia.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 8, 2011 10:20:54 AM

  13. It always amazes me that men who have "given up" the married life feel they have a perfect understanding of marriage, and who should get married. It also floors me that given the heinous nature of child abuse that was/is rampant in their own ranks, they can purport to know what is best for families. And they see no "irony" in their condemnation of equal rights for all. THIS is why the Catholic Church is dying out.

    Posted by: reggie | Jan 8, 2011 10:31:41 AM

  14. Catholic priests seem to be taking their cues from Bill Donohue and his imaginary "Catholic League". Donohue rants and raves about anything he disapproves of, like the NPG exhibit, and the priests follow along like little lambs.

    Posted by: mad1026 | Jan 8, 2011 10:44:48 AM

  15. It baffles and puzzles me why this bishop would so aggressively speak out on this issue that inflames so many passions. Of course I think that is what he wants to do. He and the other RC bishops in this country just cannot keep their hands and their minds and monies out of the civil institution of marriage. And so many of them are closet cases. Maybe that is one reason why. So he opposes same sex marriage and thinks it is immoral. No one is making him perform the ceremonies for same sex couples or atheists or protestants or couples he deems to be too immature for that matter. He and all the other bishops should focus on the needs of people for food and shelter, jobs and housing and health care, and get their noses out of other peoples' bedrooms.

    Posted by: John Patrick | Jan 8, 2011 10:47:51 AM

  16. Pry or rah ties for the anchor.

    Posted by: sean | Jan 8, 2011 11:18:59 AM

  17. I'm sick of hearing about "important heartfelt items of conscience." It doesn't matter to me how passionate you are about your bigotry, it's still wrong and evil!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 8, 2011 11:20:19 AM

  18. The minute any church or religion starts meddling in politics, they should lose their tax-exempt status. I always thought that "freedom of religion" meant the freedom to believe as you wish not the freedom to try to force others to believe as you wish or to behave as you wish. How did they get so much freedom?

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 8, 2011 11:25:12 AM

  19. @Reggie


    Hey, Papist, STFU already. We've had enough BS from you and your fellow tax-exempt child molesters.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 8, 2011 11:26:49 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 8, 2011 11:32:53 AM

  21. Buh Bye Catholic Church.. your days of burning people at the stake are almost over.

    Posted by: Tre | Jan 8, 2011 12:09:08 PM

  22. The Catholic hierarchy remind me of McCain's present behavior: obnoxiously louder as he approaches obscurity.

    Posted by: Adrian | Jan 8, 2011 12:15:18 PM

  23. Thanks for the political agitation, oh ye defender and employer of pedophiles. As the church gets all hot and bothered about same-sex marriage, Catholic dioceses around the country are filing for bankruptcy because of the massive drain from paying out claims due to the child molesters they employed and shielded for so long, the latest being the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

    Gee, maybe it's time for a little something like this:

    I'm just sayin'...

    Posted by: Scotty | Jan 8, 2011 12:24:23 PM

  24. "...The governor decided to forgo a traditional public prayer service..."

    EXCELLENT! I wish more politicans would forgo the public bells and whistles of religion

    Posted by: | Jan 8, 2011 1:38:06 PM

  25. The divisive issue is what the Bishop makes of it, the general public, both catholic and non catholic, could give a crap. When Marriage Equality comes to R.I. there are already several "Old Catholic" Parishes established in the Providence area which will perform any Marriage according to the "Roman Rite", a fully sacramental Mass and Marriage Ceremony with both state and Church recognition.. Remember Not every Catholic Church is Roman just as every orthodox church is Greek.....

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jan 8, 2011 1:40:44 PM

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