Nelson Mandela http://ripr.org en 20K Sign Petition Demanding Apology From Bishop Tobin http://ripr.org/post/20k-sign-petition-demanding-apology-bishop-tobin <p>A Catholic lay group has presented Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin with 20,000 petition signatures demanding an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.</p><p>They came with a request, “Could you please make sure these are delivered to Bishop Tobin? And after he’s done reading them would you encourage him to recycle the paper,” asked Gina Buckley O’Toole.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:07:18 +0000 Flo Jonic 26475 at http://ripr.org 20K Sign Petition Demanding Apology From Bishop Tobin Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For Mandela Statement http://ripr.org/post/catholics-call-bishop-tobin-apologize-mandela-statement <p>At ten o’clock Wednesday morning, a group of Catholics will converge on the&nbsp; office of Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin to demand an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nelson Mandela had been dead only two days when Bishop Thomas Tobin made a statement that has drawn criticism. He said that while Mandela did much to improve the lives of South Africans his legalization of abortion was, quote, “shameful.”</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:43:57 +0000 Flo Jonic 26461 at http://ripr.org Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For Mandela Statement Anti-Abortion Group Defends Bishop Tobin’s Mandela Comment http://ripr.org/post/anti-abortion-group-defends-bishop-tobin-s-mandela-comment <p>Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has taken a lot of heat for criticizing Nelson Mandela. Two days after Mandela died Tobin issued a statement calling his legalization of abortion “shameful.”</p><p>But now Tobin supporters are speaking out. The anti-abortion American Life League has put out a statement thanking Tobin. The statement said Tobin had the courage to point out the “shameful irony” between Mandela’s promotion of abortion and his stance against apartheid.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:29:03 +0000 Flo Jonic 26173 at http://ripr.org Anti-Abortion Group Defends Bishop Tobin’s Mandela Comment RI Bishop Tobin Receives Backlash for Mandela Comment http://ripr.org/post/ri-bishop-tobin-receives-backlash-mandela-comment <p>Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is receiving criticism over remarks he made on the death of Nelson Mandela.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On Sunday, two days after the South African leader died, Tobin issued a statement calling Mandela’s support of abortion rights “shameful.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:27:36 +0000 Flo Jonic 26063 at http://ripr.org RI Bishop Tobin Receives Backlash for Mandela Comment RI’s Bishop Tobin Calls Out Mandela For Legalizing Abortion http://ripr.org/post/ri-s-bishop-tobin-calls-out-mandela-legalizing-abortion <p>Bishop Thomas Tobin, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Rhode Island, has issued a statement critical of the late Nelson Mandela.</p><p></p><p>Mandela died last week after a prolonged battle with a lung infection. He was 95.</p><p>In a statement, Tobin said there is much to admire about the South African leader, particularly his personal courage and stalwart defense of human rights.</p><p>But Tobin takes issue with Mandela’s support of abortion rights.&nbsp; Tobin said this aspect of Mandela’s life is, “not at all praiseworthy.”</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:37:13 +0000 Flo Jonic 25993 at http://ripr.org RI’s Bishop Tobin Calls Out Mandela For Legalizing Abortion Rhode Islanders Remember Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013 http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islanders-remember-nelson-mandela-1918-2013 <p>Rhode Islanders who knew Nelson Mandela remember him as a kind, dignified man.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:56:56 +0000 Flo Jonic 25855 at http://ripr.org Rhode Islanders Remember Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013