thomas tobin http://ripr.org en To Curb Flu, Bishop Recommends Changes To Mass http://ripr.org/post/curb-flu-bishop-recommends-changes-mass <p>One day after the Rhode Island Health Department reported influenza to be widespread in the state, the Catholic diocese of Providence is recommending changes aimed at stemming the spread of the disease.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:11:06 +0000 Flo Jonic 27456 at http://ripr.org To Curb Flu, Bishop Recommends Changes To Mass 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 Political Roundtable: Pension Talks; Sakonnet Tolls; Bishop Tobin's GOP Switch http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-pension-talks-sakonnet-tolls-bishop-tobins-gop-switch <p></p><p>Pablo Rodriguez joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss ongoing mediation over Rhode Island's pension lawsuit; the start next week of a 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge; Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin's decision to become a Republican; and the US Justice Department stepping away from mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 20131 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Pension Talks; Sakonnet Tolls; Bishop Tobin's GOP Switch Tracing the Long Road to Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/tracing-long-road-same-sex-marriage-rhode-island <p>Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.</p><p>The Ocean State is poised to become the 10th &nbsp;state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for gay citizens.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:40:08 +0000 Scott MacKay 14341 at http://ripr.org Bishop Tobin, Advocates Clash on SCOTUS + Same-Sex Marriage http://ripr.org/post/bishop-tobin-advocates-clash-scotus-same-sex-marriage <p>Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a statement this morning, calling on the General Assembly to put the brakes on same-sex marriage legislation due to the US Supreme Court's consideration of related issues:</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:46:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 12639 at http://ripr.org Same-sex Marriage Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-bill-be-considered-senate-committee <p>Critics say a bill calling for a statewide referendum on same-sex marriage would expand discrimination in Rhode Island.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:50:51 +0000 Ian Donnis 12231 at http://ripr.org Same-sex Marriage Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee Providence Diocese Will Not Release Names of all Accused Priests http://ripr.org/post/providence-diocese-will-not-release-names-all-accused-priests <p>Providence Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says he will not release the names of all of the priests who have been investigated for child sex abuse.&nbsp; Tobin was responding to a call from the group Bishopaccountability.org for greater transparency. &nbsp;<br> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:32:47 +0000 Flo Jonic 11914 at http://ripr.org Bishop Tobin says voters should decide same-sex marriage issue http://ripr.org/post/bishop-tobin-says-voters-should-decide-same-sex-marriage-issue <p>Roman Catholic Bishop <a href="http://web.dioceseofprovidence.org/">Thomas Tobin</a> says Rhode Island voters should be the ones who decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.</p><p>In a statement on Friday, Tobin responded to Governor Lincoln Chafee's assertion a day earlier that he would likely veto a same-sex marriage bill if it makes approval contingent on a statewide vote. Tobin calls Chafee's stance "arbitrary and undemocratic."</p><blockquote><p>"One must ask, respectfully, what the Governor is afraid of?</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:55:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 7561 at http://ripr.org Tobin warns General Assembly against same-sex marriage, calling it "immoral and unnecessary" http://ripr.org/post/tobin-warns-general-assembly-against-same-sex-marriage-calling-it-immoral-and-unnecessary <p>In a sign of the intensifying battle to come, Roman Catholic Bishop <a href="http://thericatholic.com/">Thomas Tobin</a> is calling on the General Assembly to not pass a same-sex marriage bill.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 15:17:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 7263 at http://ripr.org Rev. Healey gets new parish but will remain as State House lobbyist http://ripr.org/post/rev-healey-gets-new-parish-will-remain-state-house-lobbyist <p>The Rev. Bernard A. Healey, the effective and hard-working lobbyist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, is moving from St. Ambrose Parish in Albion to become pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in East Greenwich in August, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has announced.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 10685 at http://ripr.org