PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, June 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – When Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin tweeted a simple warning to his diocese cautioning against participation in LGBT “Pride” events during so-called “Pride Month,” an international backlash quickly erupted.
LGBT and progressive activists moved swiftly to squash the Catholic shepherd’s advisory to his flock to remain faithful to “Catholic faith and morals,” demonstrating the resolve of anti-Catholic forces to silence Church teaching.
Early on June 1, the first day of what LGBT activists insist is a month for celebrating their lifestyles, Bishop Tobin (not to be confused with left-wing Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey) tweeted: “A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.”
Within 48 hours, an astounding 86,000 mostly negative replies were posted to Bishop Tobin’s tweet calling his comments “disgusting,” accusing him of being a “hate-filled hypocrite,” and spreading “poisonous thinking.” A pro-LGBT protest was quickly organized for Sunday evening.
“Since Bishop Tobin called on Catholics to abandon Pride & the LGBTQIA+ community-we are taking Pride directly to them,” Rhode Island Pride organizers said.
The protest took place outside the Providence Diocese’s Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul while Mass went on inside.
Pro-LGBT celebrities seized the opportunity to condemn Catholic teaching.
“This is pure ignorance & bigotry,” tweeted actress Mia Farrow. “Ignore this hate-filled hypocrite. His mind set leads only to suffering. He brings to mind those priests who molested my brothers. Of COURSE we should embrace our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and children. Jesus spoke of love.”
“Shame on you. LGBT kids are thrown out on the streets and abandoned because of poisonous thinking like yours,” said fellow actress Patricia Arquette.
Lesbian tennis champ Martina Navratilova ignored the substance of Bishop Tobin’s statement and instead rehashed past clergy sexual abuse scandals, saying, “A reminder that Catholic clergy has been a lot more dangerous to kids than LGBT. Just so you don’t forget….”
Navratilova did not mention that most sex abuser priests are homosexuals who prey on adolescent boys.
In Tobin’s hometown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was ordained, the LGBT group which sponsors Pittsburgh’s PrideFest called for that diocese to publicly denounce the Providence, Rhode Island bishop.
Across the Atlantic, British comic Julian Clary said he hoped that God would strike Bishop Tobin dead: “May God strike you down Bishop, at His earliest convenience.”
And Ireland’s Culture Minister, Josepha Madigan, tweeted: “Not the God I know. Disgraceful.”
Two days after the extreme pummeling of Bishop Tobin began, only one of his brother bishops has come to his defense. Tyler, Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland at first tweeted his gratitude for Bishop Tobin’s sage advice to his flock: “Thanks for speaking up Bishop Tobin….let us be mighty loving messengers of truth and light in Jesus Christ.”
As the controversy escalated, Strickland sent out two more tweets.