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.
``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.
Once again the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is reaching out to help Rhode Islanders who can’t pay their heating bills this winter.
With overnight temperatures dipping into the 30’s, Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has announced the ‘Keep the Heat’ program on for an eighth year. The program provides heating assistance to Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other public and private forms of heating assistance.
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.
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.
“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.
Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee are at it 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.
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.
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.
The Roman Catholic watchdog group BishopAccountability.org is calling for greater transparency from the Diocese of Providence. The call comes as a second priest in two months is forced to resign for an allegation of child sexual abuse.
Another Roman Catholic priest has been sidelined by a child sexual abuse allegation. The priest has accepted responsibility for his actions.
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.
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.
Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says he was stunned by the announcement that Pope Benedict the XVI will step down at the end of the month. Bishop Tobin met the pope a couple of times and was struck by his intellect and humility.
“He is a very gentle man, you get that sense in meeting him in person,” says Tobin. “He’s a very humble, gentle man who took this tremendous burden on his shoulders, somewhat reluctantly I believe.”