Providence, R.I., Jun 3, 2019 / 15:12 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence responded Sunday to controversy that ensued from a tweet admonishing Catholics not attend or support “gay pride” festivities.
“The Catholic Church has respect and love for members of the gay community, as do I,” the bishop wrote in a statement Sunday, adding that “individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and our brothers and sisters.”
On Saturday, Tobin tweeted: “A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June,” tweeted Tobin on Saturday, the first day of the month. “They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.”
Each year during June, cities around the world host LGBT “Pride” celebrations, which often include parades, parties, and concerts celebrating the gay rights movement and celebrating the LGBT lifestyle. June was chosen in memory of the Stonewall Riots in New York, which are considered a key event in the gay rights movement in the United States, and which took place from June 28-29, 1969.
Tobin’s tweet received about 25,000 “likes,” 6,500 “retweets,” and over 88,000 responses, most of them negative.