Rhode Island Bishop: Don't Even Attend Gay Weddings
Thomas Tobin isn't taking Rhode Island's new law well
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 3, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin speaks to a reporter in Riverside, R.I., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009.   (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

(Newser) – Providence bishop Thomas Tobin caused a bit of a stir yesterday with a post on the diocese's website responding to Rhode Island's new marriage equality law. Tobin wrote that Catholics should "examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies." And while he says the Church has "respect, love, and pastoral concern" for people "who have same-sex attraction," it can't "endorse or ignore immoral or destructive behavior."

"It is important to affirm the teaching of the Church … that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,' (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2357) and always sinful," Tobin writes. At the Dish, Andrew Sullivan calls the letter "a nasty piece of divisiveness" that puts "a wedge between Catholic family members and their gay brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters." Rhode Island is a deeply Catholic state, WPRI points out; the Providence Diocese boasts around 621,000 members, which works out to be more than 60% of the state's population.

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May 5, 2013 6:18 AM CDT
If you live in RI, are gay, and want to belong to a church you can always join a Lutheran one, or UCC, or UU, they will accept and marry you. Many Episcopal and Presbyterian ones will as well.
May 4, 2013 11:24 PM CDT
May you go to the deepest parts of Bangkok,Thailand and spend the rest of your days sucking and sitting on AIDS infected dong, my dear Bishop, so we don't have to hear your profane,hypocrite mouth ever again.
May 4, 2013 4:04 PM CDT
PLEASE... I am begging all Catholics that support gay marriage to get yourself excommunicated over this! Go to tell them to their face that your are leaving the church and you wish to be excommunicated. Don't worry. You won't suffer any negative consequences because God, Jesus, heaven and hell are all fake. What you will do is scare the church into changing. The only way to get a conservative to change their mind is to go for their wallet. While we are at it, women should leave en masse as well. Why the hell these people remain in this disgusting extortion factory is a total mystery. If you can't bring yourself to leave, stop attending services and giving money to these people. At the very least, please start to be embarrassed to say out loud that you believe in such absolute garbage! If your god is telling you to be a dick, I guess there is no stopping it. I will just never understand how people buy in to this racket just for an excuse to tell other people how to live.