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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
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
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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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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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RI News
3:42 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

The Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul Getting $1M Facelift

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is renovating the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.
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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.

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is getting a massive facelift just in time for its 125th anniversary next year.  Monsignor Anthony Mancini, rector of the church, said improvements are being made from top to bottom.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
3:54 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Heads to Senate Floor

A crowd filled room 313 to hear the Senate Judiciary Committee approve same-sex marriage bill
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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.

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.

Reaction to the Vote

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Politics
7:10 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Senate Committee Vote Set for Tuesday

Same-sex marriage is up for its first vote in the Senate Judiciary Commitee.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote Tuesday on legislation that could legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.  The issue has never previously come this far in the state Senate.

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.

Depending on what happens with the two bills, the legislation could move to the Senate floor as soon as Thursday.

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RI News
9:32 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Providence Diocese Will Not Release Names of all Accused Priests

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.  Tobin was responding to a call from the group Bishopaccountability.org for greater transparency.  

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RI News
3:16 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Sex Abuse Allegation puts Woonsocket Priest on Administrative Leave

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. 

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Religion
8:37 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Catholic Church sets up financial accountability hotline

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Credit Catherine Welch

Roman Catholics who suspect financial irregularities in their parishes now have a place to go to report it.  The Diocese of Providence has retained an Oregon company to operate a toll-free number people can call to report suspected financial impropriety.

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RI News
8:45 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Mixed reactions of St. Timothy parishoners regarding abuse allegation

St. Timothy Church in Warwick
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(PROVIDENCE, RI) Mass was celebrated Sunday at St. Timothy Church in Warwick but a familiar face wasn’t there.  The pastor, Father Barry Meehan, was forced to resign over sex abuse allegations dating back more than 25 years.

Most parishioners of St. Timothy’s Church didn’t want to comment on the resignation of their pastor, Father Barry Meehan. 

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