A Catholic bishop took to Twitter on the first day of Pride Month to declare that Catholic individuals “should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events” because they supposedly promote things that are “contrary to Catholic faith and morals” and are “especially harmful for children.”
In the Year of Our Lord 2019, people are getting pretty sick of this kind of rhetoric.
A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ “Pride Month” events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) June 1, 2019
Bishop Thomas Tobin is currently serving in Providence, Rhode Island, and describes himself as “proudly pro-life”—As long as that life isn’t gay or trans, apparently.
Statements like Tobin’s are becoming old-fashioned even for the Catholic church, as Pope Francis himself has signaled multiple times that he is at least tolerant of LGBT people, saying “who am I to judge?” Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse by the Catholic church, also reported that upon discussing his sexuality with Francis, the Pope said: “God made you like this. God loves you like this.”
Unfortunately, the Pope has not been as generous with trans people, claiming that somehow technology that makes it easier for trans people to transition will hurt human fertility, among other bizarre and transphobic comments.
Regardless of the Pope’s opinions, a massive number of people logged into Twitter to drag the hell out of Tobin, including Marvel actor and professional wrestler Dave Bautista.
My moms a lesbian. I think I turned out ok. And the activities she chooses is to help the homeless and people suffering from mental illness. I admit I’m not perfect but atleast I was never a judgmental hypocrite! Im sure you dont speak for most Catholics.Have a nice day ???????? https://t.co/S5t47A170n— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) June 2, 2019
Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy and other Marvel movies and turned out much better than Bishop Tobin, clearly. Fans both appreciated Bautista’s support of the LGBTQ+ community and his assessment that the bishop doesn’t speak for most Catholics.
Dave Bautista stealing our hearts and shaming anti-gay people. Dave says Gay rights!! https://t.co/ULbi3CwKon— Trollonasan???????????? (@Trollonasan) June 3, 2019
My nana went to a gay wedding and she's Catholic. https://t.co/YBHk1eMSmh— (((Padraic))) (@packattack327) June 3, 2019
Dave is the best <3 Bishop Tobin is a disgrace to the entire state of Rhode Island. I can't believe his ignorant statement went so viral. The people of RI have hated Tobin since it came out he was aware of pedo in the church and actively did nothing https://t.co/7xI4DE17BF— Chris (@cgiorno926) June 3, 2019
We stan a big Dave https://t.co/x0gKYU8sgx— MLB Insider Fuuka (@AriaOfTheStar) June 3, 2019
I WALK FOR MILES INSIDE THIS PIT OF DANGER https://t.co/clEw3F5RdT— David J. Majors, because somebody's gotta do it! (@CallMeDjm) June 3, 2019
He doesn't speak for this Catholic, Dave. Best to you and your mom. ✌️ https://t.co/nFU1tSE8zf— DECal (@decal626) June 3, 2019
Who else wants to see a Hell in a Cell match? https://t.co/LjmpfkY8Gk— Mark Foster (@mdfoster11) June 3, 2019
Meanwhile, everyone else on the planet is reminding Bishop Tobin that people in glass houses might not want to be throwing around stones.
Quick question: how many children did LGBTQ Pride Month events sexually assault? https://t.co/QHHqDzgLbo— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) June 2, 2019
You may remember Bishop Tobin as the guy who acknowledged last summer that, when he served as an auxiliary bishop in Pittsburgh in the 1990s, he “became aware of incidents of sexual abuse when they were reported to the diocese,” then added it wasn’t his job to deal with that, so. https://t.co/JJWQcZJC71— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) June 1, 2019
He's right about the culture being different. From the LGBTQI+ community my family has had support, kindness, generosity & inclusion.— Taryn De Vere (@TarynDeVere) June 2, 2019
From the Catholic faith we've had judgment, efforts to control us & cruelty. https://t.co/jwjYVNnYrQ
A reminder that the Catholic church is responsible for the systemic sexual abuse of thousands of children and if there is one place I wouldn't want my children to be is alone with a Catholic priest. https://t.co/eDZFwdgb1I— Ethan Klein (@h3h3productions) June 3, 2019
You know what's harmful to children? Bishops. https://t.co/aDtfhEMzll— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 2, 2019
...Said the guy from the church with the pedophile problem. https://t.co/uzAAt6Lxy0— drex (@drex) June 2, 2019
Hey @ThomasJTobin1 of the Catholic Church: I'm Catholic & I don't remember Jesus saying anything about LGBTQ. But I do remember Christ teaching about love.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 1, 2019
And your asinine remark about children is exactly the type of bigoted belief that leads to the evil of conversion therapy. https://t.co/YNj3RbtUOv
High ranking official in international child rape cabal would like you to know gay pride parades are dangerous for kids https://t.co/0ySrOPATVn— Eli Bosnick (@elibosnick) June 1, 2019
the Catholic church just wants to protect the children, you guys https://t.co/Emf6o8MXQS— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 1, 2019
"And trust us, we know harm to children when we see it" https://t.co/FnI95DQm4R— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) June 1, 2019
What was that part of the Bible about judging? Or not judging? Because you might also be judged?