Providence Roman Catholic Diocese http://ripr.org en 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 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 Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation The Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul Getting $1M Facelift http://ripr.org/post/cathedral-ss-peter-and-paul-getting-1m-facelift <p>The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is making some major improvements to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. That will mean masses will be moved downstairs to a meeting hall for a few months.</p><p>The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is getting a massive facelift just in time for its 125<sup>th</sup> anniversary next year.&nbsp; Monsignor Anthony Mancini, rector of the church,&nbsp;said improvements are being made from top to bottom.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:42:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 17738 at http://ripr.org The Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul Getting $1M Facelift Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Heads to Senate Floor http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-legislation-heads-senate-floor <p>The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on a 7 – 4 vote. A bill putting the issue up for referendum was defeated by a 6 – 5 vote.</p><p>The vote was greeted with jubilation by same sex marriage supporters gathered in a Statehouse hearing room. Supporters say they’re hopeful the committee vote signals full Senate approval. The bill will go to a full Senate vote Wednesday.</p><p><strong>Reaction to the Vote</strong></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:54:20 +0000 Ian Donnis & Catherine Welch 14043 at http://ripr.org Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Heads to Senate Floor Same-Sex Marriage Senate Committee Vote Set for Tuesday http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-senate-committee-vote-set-tuesday <p>The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote Tuesday on legislation that could legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. &nbsp;The issue has never previously come this far in the state Senate.</p><p></p><p>The 10-member Judiciary Committee plans to vote on two separate bills. One would grant marriage rights to same-sex couples through the legislature. The other one has broader religious exemptions and would make legalizing same-sex marriage subject to a statewide vote.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:10:01 +0000 Ian Donnis 13936 at http://ripr.org Same-Sex Marriage Senate Committee Vote Set for Tuesday 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 Sex Abuse Allegation puts Woonsocket Priest on Administrative Leave http://ripr.org/post/sex-abuse-allegation-puts-woonsocket-priest-administrative-leave <p>Another Roman Catholic priest has been sidelined by a child sexual abuse allegation.&nbsp; The priest has accepted responsibility for his actions.</p><p>The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says Monsignor John Allard of Woonsocket has been forced to resign the pastor of St. Agatha and Precious Blood parishes because of a child sex abuse allegation that dates back more than 30 years.</p><p>The diocese says Allard accepted responsibility for his actions when confronted. He has expressed remorse for the harm he has caused and has moved out of the rectory.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:16:41 +0000 Flo Jonic 10928 at http://ripr.org Catholic Church sets up financial accountability hotline http://ripr.org/post/catholic-church-sets-financial-accountability-hotline <p>Roman Catholics who suspect financial irregularities in their parishes now have a place to go to report it.&nbsp; The Diocese of Providence has retained an Oregon company to operate a toll-free number people can call to report suspected financial impropriety.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:37:46 +0000 Flo Jonic 10258 at http://ripr.org Catholic Church sets up financial accountability hotline Mixed reactions of St. Timothy parishoners regarding abuse allegation http://ripr.org/post/mixed-reactions-st-timothy-parishoners-regarding-abuse-allegation <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) Mass was celebrated Sunday at St. Timothy Church in Warwick but a familiar face wasn’t there.&nbsp; The pastor, Father Barry Meehan, was forced to resign over sex abuse allegations dating back more than 25 years.</p><p>Most parishioners of St. Timothy’s Church didn’t want to comment on the resignation of their pastor, Father Barry Meehan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:45:29 +0000 Flo Jonic 8925 at http://ripr.org Mixed reactions of St. Timothy parishoners regarding abuse allegation