Catholic Church 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 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