Bishop Tobin – “Gay Marriage” Can Never Be Condoned

Bishop Thomas J.Tobin: “Homosexual Relationships Are Not
Marriage – Never Have Been, Never Will Be.”

This was such a strong message we are posted it for you again.

Providence, RI, 2009 (CNA). – “Abysmal” Catholic apathy must be overcome to oppose those who are “fiercely determined” to impose homosexual “marriage,” Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island Thomas J. Tobin has warned. Reasserting Catholic teaching on sexual morality, he also said that same-sex “marriage” will endanger religious freedom.

Bishop Thomas J.Tobin, Bishop Tobin

Bishop Thomas J.Tobin: Defender of Marriage

Writing in his April 23 column in The Rhode Island Catholic, Bishop Tobin spoke of a “relentless” political march towards homosexual marriage, with New England leading the way. “The supporters of gay marriage in Rhode Island are well-organized and well-funded. They’re fiercely determined to impose their politically correct agenda on all the citizens of the state – human history, culture and moral principles not-withstanding. Anyone who opposes them is quickly labeled a bigot,” the bishop observed.

However, he said the typical Rhode Island Catholic’s response was indifferent and cited not wanting to judge people. Tobin also said that Catholics give rationalizations about the decline of Catholic influence.

“Gay marriage will affect you and you should be concerned. And there’s a lot we can do,” the bishop wrote, proceeding to review reasons Catholics oppose same-sex “marriage.”

Bishop Tobin explained that “homosexual activity is unnatural and gravely immoral. It’s offensive to Almighty God. It can never be condoned, under any circumstances. Gay marriage, or civil unions, would mean that our state is in the business of ratifying, approving such immoral activity.

The movement for same-sex “marriage,” he added, “seeks to radically redefine the most fundamental institution of the human race, the building block of every society and culture. From the beginning, marriage has been defined as the stable union of man and woman, designed by God to continue the human race through the procreation of children.

“Homosexual relationships are not marriage – never have been, never will be.”

Bishop Tobin introduced what he called the “champagne principle.” Saying that not every wine has the unique characteristics of champagne, the bishop argued that someone who relabeled a bottle of Chianti and tried to sell it as champagne would be arrested for fraud.

Similarly, those who seek to redefine marriage and “to usurp the title ‘marriage’ for their morally bankrupt relationships,” are “committing an act of fraud,” he charged. “It’s insulting to those who have entered the authentic, sacred and time-honored institution of marriage over the years.”

“The gay culture continues to seep into our popular culture, cleverly claiming credibility,” he said. He charged that President Barack Obama’s special invitations to homosexual families to participate in the White House Easter Egg Hunt was “just another not-too-subtle attempt to ignore the objective immorality of the situation and present gay couples as normal and happy as every other couple.”

He closed with a warning about the implications the recognition of same-sex “marriage” would have for religious liberty.

“We’re familiar with other examples of the gay agenda infringing on religious freedom,” he said, noting how Massachusetts required the Catholic Church to place children for adoption with homosexual couples and how some countries have charged Christian preachers of hate crimes for voicing Christian doctrine about homosexual practices.

“Proponents of gay marriage say that the Church won’t be forced to witness such marriages. Don’t believe it,” he said, warning that the Church may be required to admit homosexual couples as sponsors for baptism, to rent its facilities for homosexual wedding receptions, or to hire employees despite their immoral lifestyles.

“For simply maintaining its teachings in these and many other possible scenarios, the Church will be accused of bigotry and unlawful discrimination. The threat to our religious freedom is real, and imminent,” he said.

Crediting Rhode Island’s governor, its Speaker of the House, and its President of the Senate for avoiding homosexual marriage, he said they have been “consistent and courageous” in deflecting the “onslaught” of homosexual activists.

Bishop Tobin said that if only five or ten percent of Rhode Island’s Catholic population became involved on this issue “we could have an enormous impact and help Rhode Island maintain its moral sanity.”

He encouraged Catholics to become aware of political action on the issue, to write letters to the editor, and to encourage their representatives to “defend marriage and family values.

“And you can pray fervently that God will help us in this critical struggle on behalf of morality and common sense,” he added.

If the imposition of homosexual marriage happens in Rhode Island, the bishop concluded, “It’ll be our fault… simply because our abysmal apathy allowed it to happen.”


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12 comments to Bishop Tobin – “Gay Marriage” Can Never Be Condoned

  • James

    the word of God is forever ! we cannot allow this to happen ! else we drink from the same cup of Gods wrath ! be ye warned >>>> again shall I speak and spare not for the time is at hand even at the very door
    OH thou that saith come and drink. How be it by thirst ye perish ? for the well that thou drink from quench not for the waters are made bitter brought forth by the spirit of the world provided by a deceiving spirit, thy bread is moldy and the meat on thy table be defiled . for the leaven it is leavened with is not of thy father .for that which is good and perfect cometh from thy father ,that which brings forth perfect love is like sweet water that flowth out from the alter of the Most High springing up from within, living waters that thou shall never thirst knowing the spirit of truth .for He guideth thee He keepeth thee from everlasting to everlasting ..saith in thy heart beautiful are the things that thou doeth yea we please the Lord a good work that all may see. .How is it vanity encompasses your every doing serving only your self’s saying “we do the Lords work” walking not in Love with a puffed up heart. should ye only ask and I the Lord shall give unto thee the desires of thine heart . for the Kingdom comes and yet is at the very door. Incline thine ear to hear the word of the Lord this day. for the word became flesh by Love by no greater Love was a sacrifice made with a promise of the spirit that ye may walk therein. Harken this day and believe on him they calleth thee, finding rest unto thy soul .laboring not for vanitys sake but by works of love ye may fulfill the will of the most High. be it only by the sheep gate shall ye enter in where the alter floweth with Holy blood walking in love. Rejoice ye children of promise for it is given unto thee to see the salvation of the lord for soon a gathering of His children shall soon be. blessed are thine ears for thou hath heard the word of the Lord, blessed are thine eyes for thou shall see that Holy city,enter ye in by the sheep gate enter in with love enter in by Holy blood…

  • Savio Sequeira

    I find it rather absurd / strange that people claiming to be Catholics cite the ‘Love of GOD for all of HIS creation without any distinction” in defence of the rights and liberties of Gays, Lesbians, Homosexuals etc. Here the question is not of the denial of rights or equal treatment to differently oriented people.

    Marriage fundamentally is an union between a man and a woman only, for the sole purpose of procreation. Gays, Lesbians, Homosexuals wishing to live together cannot demand redefining of Marriage for their convenience. GOD intended that man should increase and multiply and fill the earth and that is why he created a woman. Otherwise HE would have created only man and the human race would not have multiplied.

    Sadly, we claim to believe in GOD but choose to do whatever we want to do (conveniently) and the way we want to do, irrespective of whether it is in conformity to GOD’S Divine Will. Let us introspect and find out whether our interpretation of what GOD wants us to do or how HE wants us to behave / live is in conformity with HIS Will or otherwise. At the end, GOD will judge us all by HIS teaching and the TEN COMMANDMENTS HE gave us to live by and not by our convoluted interpretation of HIS WORD., GOD’S WORDS are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

  • Hello Linda,

    Thank you so much for the work you do and raising your children in the Catholic Faith. Have you ever wondered, if perhaps, Bishop Tobin was basing his beliefs upon the Holy Scriptures?

    Do you remember Romans 1?

    [24] Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves. [25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    [26] For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. [27] And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. [28] And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; [29] Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, [30] Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    [26] God delivered them up: Not by being author of their sins, but by withdrawing his grace, and so permitting them, in punishment of their pride, to fall into those shameful sins.

    [31] Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. [32] Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.

    Honestly, what are your thoughts?

    God bless,
    John Quinn

  • Linda Matthews

    I am very saddened to read Bishop Tobin’s words. I am a married catholic mother of five children whom my husband and I have raised in the Catholic faith. I have been a CCD teacher for many years and attend church weekly. I don’t understand how a man who has studied the Holy Scriptures and the teachings of Jesus can be so cruel and lacking in compassion for his fellow man. I thought that we all were created by God whose Son told us that his Father’s most important teaching was to love one another as I have loved you. In my heart I can’t understand how depriving another human being of their dignity and human rights can be following God’s word. I wish Bishop Tobin were as Christian as President Obama was in inviting all families to his church, not just the one’s he feels are religiously correct. My marriage vows could only be strengthened by knowing that my church respected all of God’s people and did not discriminate based on people’s fears and ignorance. I pray for the Catholic church and hope that its leaders will become less political and follow closer in the footsteps of Jesus.

    • Terese

      Interesting statements and arguments you make, Linda Matthews. And full of Charity….but not Truth. Charity without the truth will and is in fact leading us to the greatest shipwreck one can think of, the destruction of the integrity of the family. I pray you will seek to understand this spiritual battle for what it is…a battle for souls.

  • Reji George Kurian

    Procreation is with Man +Woman
    Not Man+Man
    Not Woman+Woman

    Then Please Pray that we Legalised Marriage between Man+Dogs and Cats+All Mammals Bod Bless. This is what is Sodom & Gomorrah. Father God Please Forbid.

  • Walter

    My question for Bishop Tobin is this: Why are gays treated differently than divorced people who remarry when their first spouse is still alive? Both, according to the church, are engaging in sinful practices, yet there is no litmus test for the individuals in the 50% of the population of marriages that end in divorce. Why isn’t the Church looking for exemptions to deny services to divorced individuals co-habitating with second or third spouses as they have with gay individuals in a committed relationship? Sound like hypocricy and a special hatred reserved for gay people. No wonder Jesus wept.

  • Walter

    As one half of a heterosexual couple in our sixties who has been married for 40 years, I write to state strong opposition to your mean-spirited, un-Christlike position. All marriage equality would do in Rhode Island is to assure that gay and lesbian couples are afforded the same civil rights as their heterosexual counterparts.

    This is not an issue of gay marriage affecting heterosexual marriage. The ability of gay and lesbian couples to marry in no way impedes nor disturbs the marriages of heterosexual couples. The stability of my marriage in no way is, nor can be, affected by affording a minority group the same civil rights and privileges that we have taken for granted all of our lives.

    Nor is this an issue of religion. Contrary to your assertion, the civil marriage of gay/lesbian couples in no way alters nor affects the beliefs of your religion, the practices of your church nor your rights to conduct the affairs of your church among your faithful as you see fit. However,by the state giving allowing religious interference to proscribe the civil rights of minority citizens, it makes the Church little more than in interfering, lobbyist who wishes to subjugate all citizens even those are not members of your flock to your religious will.

    “Failure to enact marriage equality is, in our opinion, the perpetuation of discrimination and failure to afford all citizen equal rights and protections under law.,” said The U.S. Supreme Court in dealing with the issue of interracial marriage. Its ruling has stated: “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival…. ” All good citizens should support the Constitution and should not deny this exact same “basic civil right” to gays and lesbians regardless of their personal feelings or religious beliefs.

  • Marianne Johnpillai

    Amen Catherine! I pray always for priests. Just had prayers for them at the 2nd day of the Divine Mercy Novena. As the Bishop said rightly, when we oppose something that we know and believe to be truly against God’s command to be holy, we are called bigots among other things. However, we should never fear to speak the truth and against such abominations. It is better to raise the ire of the world by our firmness than to crush the heart of the one who gave His life for us.

    May many more clergy preach the truth!
    God bless you all

  • Mother Teresa gives the answer to these and all the problems in the world today; we NEED HOLY PRIESTS!
    Pray for Bishop Tobin and all Courageous Priests!
    In the Heart of Mary

  • Russ

    This is real for me. My daughter is “engaged” to a woman she has known since her teens. She wants a full wedding with all the trappings. Please pray for me.

  • Ann Couper-Johnston

    If you doubt the consequences – we already live with them. The last government passed Sexual Orientation Regulations as part of its bringing all equality legislation under one law. As a result:

    – all our Catholic Adoption Agencies have either closed or severed their connections with the Church (and I no longer contribute to them);

    – street preachers who speak against homosexuality are liable to arrest;

    – any prospective member of a government body who speaks of homosexuality as the abnormal thing it is or is known to think it undesirable is censured, and has to make an abject apology if he wants to continue in a public career;

    – one expert on a government body considering the drugs culture and how to legislate regarding it was turfed off when he expressed views unfriendly to the homosexual agenda;

    – a Christian registrar was dismissed (and the dismissal seen as just) because she would not conduct civil partnership “ceremonies” (and the borough where I live was branded “Medieval” for initially making no provision for such ceremonies);

    – Christian couples running Bed and Breakfast establishments get hauled through the courts and punished. No allowance whatsoever is made for conscience – in fact the judge in a recent case spoke of Christian belief in terms that, had he spoken in such terms about any other minority, would have led to calls for his immediate resignation, if not his dismissal.

    The Church was caught napping (and it doesn’t help that the Anglican church practises cafeteria Christianty and is divided on the issue). Now that we have these regulations in place any limitation to take account of conscience will be seen as an uncceptable deprivation of liberty.

    It reminds me of the definition of the sin against the Holy Spirit which I read as a student many years ago: “That perversion of spirit which in defiance of moral values elects to call darkness light” (I think the quotation is correct – I don’t have access to my notes so I can’t check.) I was then a Protestant and I believe Church tradition defines it otherwise, but it certainly describes the attitude of this vociferous and perverse minority who want tolerance for themselves but are totally unwilling to extend any tolerance at all to those who disagree with them.

    How have they come to have such disproportionate influence? The strength of their bitter determination suggests they know at a deep level that what they do is unnatural and are desperate to have it made acceptable to convince themselves. Empty vessels make most noise.

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