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Health Care
4:11 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

To Curb Flu, Bishop Recommends Changes To Mass

Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is calling for changes to the mass to help prevent the spread of the flu.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

One day after the Rhode Island Health Department reported influenza to be widespread in the state, the Catholic diocese of Providence is recommending changes aimed at stemming the spread of the disease.

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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
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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4:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Political Roundtable: Pension Talks; Sakonnet Tolls; Bishop Tobin's GOP Switch

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Pablo Rodriguez joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss ongoing mediation over Rhode Island's pension lawsuit; the start next week of a 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge; Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin's decision to become a Republican; and the US Justice Department stepping away from mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:40 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Tracing the Long Road to Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island

Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.

The Ocean State is poised to become the 10th  state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for gay citizens. 

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On Politics
11:46 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Bishop Tobin, Advocates Clash on SCOTUS + Same-Sex Marriage

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a statement this morning, calling on the General Assembly to put the brakes on same-sex marriage legislation due to the US Supreme Court's consideration of related issues:

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RI News
7:50 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Same-sex Marriage Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee

State Capitol Dome and Independent Man
Credit RIPR file

Critics say a bill calling for a statewide referendum on same-sex marriage would expand discrimination in Rhode Island.

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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 for greater transparency.  

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12:55 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Bishop Tobin says voters should decide same-sex marriage issue

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says Rhode Island voters should be the ones who decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

In a statement on Friday, Tobin responded to Governor Lincoln Chafee's assertion a day earlier that he would likely veto a same-sex marriage bill if it makes approval contingent on a statewide vote. Tobin calls Chafee's stance "arbitrary and undemocratic."

"One must ask, respectfully, what the Governor is afraid of?

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10:17 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Tobin warns General Assembly against same-sex marriage, calling it "immoral and unnecessary"

In a sign of the intensifying battle to come, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is calling on the General Assembly to not pass a same-sex marriage bill.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Rev. Healey gets new parish but will remain as State House lobbyist

The Rev. Bernard A. Healey, the effective and hard-working lobbyist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, is moving from St. Ambrose Parish in Albion to become pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in East Greenwich in August, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has announced.

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