Bishop Thomas Tobin

RI News
12:07 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

20K Sign Petition Demanding Apology From Bishop Tobin

A petition of 20,000 signatures are seeking an apology from Bishop Thomas Tobin for his comments about Nelson Mandela
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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.

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.

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Religion
8:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Catholics Call On Bishop Tobin To Apologize For Mandela Statement

Tobin released a statement criticizing Nelson Mandela's legalization of abortion in South Africa, for which he has received his own criticism.
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At ten o’clock Wednesday morning, a group of Catholics will converge on the  office of Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin to demand an apology for comments he made about the late Nelson Mandela.

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.”

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RI News
10:27 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Caramadre Sentencing Scheduled Monday For Fraud Schemes

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.

Prosecutors will ask that he be locked up for ten years.

Caramadre and an associate pleaded guilty last year to fraud and conspiracy.  Federal prosecutors say Caramadre was the mastermind behind an investment strategy in which he stole the identities of terminally ill people.  He illegally used that information to purchase bonds and annuities that would pay out when the person died.  

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RI News
2:37 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

RI’s Bishop Tobin Calls Out Mandela For Legalizing Abortion

Bishop Thomas Tobin.
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Bishop Thomas Tobin, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Rhode Island, has issued a statement critical of the late Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died last week after a prolonged battle with a lung infection. He was 95.

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.

But Tobin takes issue with Mandela’s support of abortion rights.  Tobin said this aspect of Mandela’s life is, “not at all praiseworthy.”

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On Politics
5:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

WPRO's Carolyn Cronin leaves for p.r. post with Roman Catholic Diocese

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.

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RI News
3:56 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Diocese of Providence Helping Rhode Islanders Pay Their Heating Bill

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.

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RI News
9:14 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation

Bishop Thomas Tobin has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, and has now announced he is a registered Republican.
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The Bishop of Providence, Thomas Tobin, said he has become a registered Republican.

Tobin told a group of Rhode Island Young Republicans he blamed himself and the Catholic Church for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

He also said Catholic lawmakers at the State house quote “let us down.”

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.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
3:03 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Both Sides Gear Up for Senate Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

RI Senate will vote on same-sex marriage legislation Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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On Politics
1:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Bishop Tobin and Gov. Chafee joust again over gay marriage

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.

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RI News
4:53 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Bishop Tobin: New Pope a Game Changer

Bishop Thomas Tobin watches closely as the new pope is introduced to the world.
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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.

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