Bishop Thomas Tobin en 20K Sign Petition Demanding Apology From 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 20K Sign Petition Demanding Apology From Bishop Tobin Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For 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 Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For Mandela Statement Caramadre Sentencing Scheduled Monday For Fraud Schemes <p>Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre will be sentenced Monday morning for his role in a scheme that bilked terminally ill people of 46-million dollars.</p><p>Prosecutors will ask that he be locked up for ten years.</p><p>Caramadre and an associate pleaded guilty last year to fraud and conspiracy.&nbsp; Federal prosecutors say Caramadre was the mastermind behind an investment strategy in which he stole the identities of terminally ill people.&nbsp; He illegally used that information to purchase bonds and annuities that would pay out when the person died.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:27:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 26345 at RI’s Bishop Tobin Calls Out Mandela For 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 RI’s Bishop Tobin Calls Out Mandela For Legalizing Abortion WPRO's Carolyn Cronin leaves for p.r. post with Roman Catholic Diocese <p>Carolyn Cronin, a veteran radio reporter and news anchor at WPRO, has been appointed to lead external and internal communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rev. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin announced in a statement released today.</p><p>``The Diocese of Providence is excited to announce Carolyn Cronin as its next communications director to lead a critical department in Diocesan administration,’’ said Bishop Tobin. ``Carolyn Cronin’s many years as a news anchor and reporter will strengthen Diocesan evangelization and catechisms.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:09:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 24477 at Diocese of Providence Helping Rhode Islanders Pay Their Heating Bill <p>Once again the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is reaching out to help Rhode Islanders who can’t pay their heating bills this winter.</p><p>With overnight temperatures dipping into the 30’s, Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has announced the ‘Keep the Heat’ program on for an eighth year.&nbsp; The program provides heating assistance to Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other public and private forms of heating assistance.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:56:24 +0000 Flo Jonic 24027 at Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation <p>The Bishop of Providence, Thomas Tobin, said he has become a registered Republican.</p><p></p><p>Tobin told a group of Rhode Island Young Republicans he blamed himself and the Catholic Church for the legalization of same-sex marriage.</p><p>He also said Catholic lawmakers at the State house quote “let us down.”</p><p>The Dioceses of Providence wrote a "Letter to Catholics on the Approval of Same-Sex Marriage" which was published in the newspaper, Rhode Island Catholic Newspaper following the passage in May.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:14:28 +0000 John Bender 20045 at Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation Both Sides Gear Up for Senate Vote on Same-Sex Marriage <p>The state Senate is set to vote Wednesday on bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. Advocates are continuing to press their case before the vote.</p><p>Supporters were overjoyed when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two same-sex marriage bills. The head of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, Ray Sullivan, says advocates aren’t taking anything for granted.</p><p>“Our work is not done, we continue to work the phones, knock doors, make calls, do all the things we’ve been doing the last several months that have led us to this moment,” said Sullivan.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:03:09 +0000 Ian Donnis & Catherine Welch 14103 at Both Sides Gear Up for Senate Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Bishop Tobin and Gov. Chafee joust again over gay marriage <p>Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee are at it&nbsp; again over their favorite hot button issue, same-sex marriage. His Excellency issued a statement supporting the move by Sen. Frank Ciccone, a Providence Democrat, to put the marriage equality issue to a statewide voter referendum.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:01:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 11934 at Bishop Tobin: New Pope a Game Changer <p>The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholics reacted positively to the selection of the first pope from South America. Bishop Thomas Tobin was watching the news when Pope Francis was introduced to the world.</p><p>The bells of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul pealed wildly when white smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel in Rome, indicating a new pope had been elected. Inside the Providence diocesan offices, Bishop Thomas Tobin and several staff members watched on TV as the new pope emerged from St. Peter’s Basilica.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:53:20 +0000 Flo Jonic 11880 at Bishop Tobin: New Pope a Game Changer