Incredible: A Modern Bishop Speaks His Mind

Incredible: A Modern Bishop Speaks His Mind

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Gloria.TV News 
6/26/17

In an article for the Rhode Island Catholic, Bishop Thomas Tobin (69) of Providence called the negative reaction to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord an “hysterical event”. Tobin does not dispute the need to control global warming, but “whether or not the Paris agreement is the best or only means of achieving that goal is a legitimate debate.” He quotes Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, “The Church knows that honest debate must be encouraged among experts, while respecting divergent views.”

Bishop Tobin speaks about the politicians and actors who attacked President Trump over his climate decision. Quote, “They could do a lot more themselves to protect the environment if they would just forego their frequent international travels, private jets, splendid yachts, palatial homes, and lavish lifestyles.”

Tobin further writes that we keep hearing that the Church has to “listen” more to groups with particular agendas like the homosexualists. His answer, “I get it. It’s important that we talk and listen to one another, and I know as well as anyone that consultation is an indispensable part of the life of the Church today. However, when Jesus commissioned the Apostles to go forth, he instructed them to teach, not listen, didn’t he?”

Tobin says about the groups, who want the Church to listen, that it is “also necessary that those groups listen to the Church, since the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, preserves and promotes the truths of the Gospel and the teachings of Christ. Encounter and welcoming are virtuous practices, but not at the expense of the truth.”

Speaking about the declining number of priests, Tobin quotes a letter in the Providence Journal, which suggested that the answer to the clergy shortage is to allow married priests and women priests. And, “The Church has to change its teachings if it is to survive and prosper.” Bishop Tobin answers, “Prosper . . . you mean just like the mainline Protestant churches?” I said to myself.

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2 comments on “Incredible: A Modern Bishop Speaks His Mind

  1. Rhode Island Bishop to Brother Bishops: Too Much Listening, Not Enough Teaching

    Bp. Thomas Tobin also slams limousine liberals for their hypocrisy

    by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • June 24, 2017

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – A Rhode Island bishop is calling out fellow bishops for being quick to listen but slow to teach. The straight talk was enough to make Vaticanista Marco Tosatti all the way in Italy take notice.

    In a Thursday column in The Rhode Island Catholic, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence criticized shepherds of the Church for being to willing to engage in listening sessions of “special interest groups” while failing to preach the hard truths.

    “From many quarters today we keep hearing that the Church has to ‘listen’ more — to millennials, the LGBTQ community, the transgendered, feminists, and lots of other groups with particular agendas,” he commented. “I get it. It’s important that we talk and listen to one another, and I know as well as anyone that consultation is an indispensable part of the life of the Church today. However, when Jesus commissioned the Apostles to go forth, he instructed them to teach, not listen, didn’t he?”

    Tobin went on, “And while it’s instructive for the Church to listen to special interest groups, it’s also necessary that those groups listen to the Church, since the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, preserves and promotes the truths of the Gospel and the teachings of Christ.”

    “Encounter and welcoming are virtuous practices, but not at the expense of the truth,” he added.

    The Vatican, in preparation for its 2018 Synod on the youth, has launched a website asking for millennials’ feedback. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is also encouraging a similar initiative, with a number of bishops agreeing at their most recent conference June 14–16 that bishops must listen to youth.

    “The Church in the U.S. is poised to engage this conversation for and with young people,” said Cdl. Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, who went on to say listening to youth is essential to the conversation. The Newark prelate recently caused scandal by explicitly giving his blessing to an LGBT pilgrimage and Mass at his cathedral.

    Bishop Tobin of Providence also made jabs at leftists and limousine liberals. “[T]he negative reaction to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord has been over-the-top, hysterical even,” he commented. “While we can agree on the need to control global warming and protect the environment, whether or not the Paris agreement is the best or only means of achieving that goal is a legitimate debate. In his encyclical, Pope Francis said, ‘The Church knows that honest debate must be encouraged among experts, while respecting divergent views.'”

    Tobin continued, “It also seems to me that some of the liberal politicians and Hollywood types who attacked President Trump over his climate decision could do a lot more themselves to protect the environment if they would just forego their frequent international travels, private jets, splendid yachts, palatial homes, and lavish lifestyles.”

    Celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio, an outspoken advocate of climate justice, is known for flying around the world in private jets or sailing in yachts, both of which consume far more fuel or diesel and release more toxins into the air than your average land vehicle. The hypocrisy has been noted by critics, with a number of Twitter comments — in response to DiCaprio’s tweet that he’d be speaking at D.C.’s April 29 Climate March — asking whether he’d be flying there in his private jet.

  2. If I were him I wouldn’t be laughing. But then, I’m not him – thank God.

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