A Rhode Island Catholic bishop who admitted to ignoring repeated child sexual abuse complained that LGBTQ Pride Month is “harmful for children.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Providence wrote on Twitter that Catholics should not participate in any Pride Month events.
“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,” Tobin added.
Anti-LGBTQ Tobin shrugged at sexual abuse of children:
Tobin admitted to The Providence Journal in 2018 that he “became aware of incidents of sexual abuse when they were reported to the diocese” in Pittsburgh, where Tobin served as an auxiliary bishop two decades earlier.
He told the outlet that he did nothing after learning about the incidents because it was not his responsibility.
“My responsibilities as Vicar General and General Secretary of the diocese did not include clergy assignments or clergy misconduct, but rather other administrative duties such as budgets, property, diocesan staff, working with consultative groups, etc. Even as an auxiliary bishop, I was not primarily responsible for clergy issues,″ he said.
“In my experience,″ he claimed, “the Diocese of Pittsburgh has been very responsible and transparent in responding to allegations of sexual abuse, and has been one of the leading dioceses of the country in that regard. That has been true for many years.”
A grand jury, however, found “sexual abuse of minors committed by dozens of priests and, in one case, an aspiring priest, in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.”
“The evidence also showed that Diocesan administrators, including the bishops, had knowledge of this conduct yet regularly placed the priests in ministry after the Diocese was on notice that a complaint of child sexual abuse had been made. This conduct was enabling to the offenders and endangered the welfare of children.”