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From Bishop Tobin – Question: is Jorge Elorza an Atheist?

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Is Jorge Elorza, currently a candidate for Mayor of the City of Providence, an atheist or not? The question emerged early in the mayoral campaign and has reappeared in recent newspaper coverage. The issue comes about as a result of an article he wrote a few years back for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. […]

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From Bishop Tobin: Random Thoughts About the Synod on the Family

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– It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married couples and families. Behind every arcane discussion of gradualism and natural law there are parents and children awaiting God’s grace. — In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, […]

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Tues., 10.21.14: The White Mass

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The Rhode Island Catholic Medical Society invites all physicians, health care professionals and workers, their families and patients to join us as the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, celebrates the annual White* Mass, asking the Lord’s blessings upon those called to share His work of healing. WHEN: Tuesday, October […]

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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the […]

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From Bishop Tobin: Mother Teresa on Abortion

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As we continue the observance of Respect Life Month, we should reflect upon and pray over the moving reflections that Blessed Mother Teresa offered about the truly destructive evil of abortion. For example, the following . . . “America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed […]

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From Bishop Tobin: The Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

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In a time when there are so many looming and depressing crises in the world, and when many Catholics are confused and anxious over the direction of the Church, and when, perhaps, you are dealing with serious problems and challenges in your own personal life, the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast we […]

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Bishop Tobin’s statement on World Mission Sunday

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My dear Brothers and Sisters, “Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis begins his message for this year’s celebration of World Mission Sunday with these words. But he quickly offers us the way to make a joy-filled, life-giving difference in this regard. “World Mission Sunday is a privileged moment […]

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WITHOUT A DOUBT – Dear Bishop Tobin: For Whom Do I Vote?

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The Gospel of life must be proclaimed, and human life defended in all places and all times. The arena for moral responsibility includes not only the halls of government, but the voting booth as well. (American Bishops, “Living the Gospel of Life”) Prior to the recent primary election I received a heartfelt letter from a member of the […]

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From Bishop Tobin: For Catholic Politicians to Consider – Faith in their Public Service

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Catholics who are privileged to serve in public leadership positions have an obligation to place their faith at the heart of their public service, particularly on issues regarding the sanctity and dignity of human life. We urge those Catholic officials who choose to depart from Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their […]

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10.13.14: From Bishop Tobin – Today’s Statement from the Synod of Bishops

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There’s been lots of buzz in the secular and religious media (either excitement or anxiety) over a statement coming out of the Synod of Bishops today that some have concluded indicates a seismic shift in the way the Church will deal with specific issues of marriage and family, including the pastoral response to persons with […]

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