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4:27 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

RI Bishop Tobin Receives Backlash for Mandela Comment

Bishop Tobin is under fire for comments made about the recently deceased South African leader Nelson Mandela
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is receiving criticism over remarks he made on the death of Nelson Mandela. 

On Sunday, two days after the South African leader died, Tobin issued a statement calling Mandela’s support of abortion rights “shameful.” 

The Washington DC based group “Catholics United” said Tobin’s comments reflect a level of tone deafness that is tragic.  Catholics United director James Salt noted that Tobin’s remarks stand in stark contrast to Pope Francis, who last week praised Mandela’s steadfast commitment to human rights.

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