The View co-host Sunny Hostin ripped into a Roman Catholic bishop on Monday after he urged Catholics not to support or attend LGBTQ Pride Month events because “they are especially harmful for children.”
Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin sparked a backlash on Saturday when he tweeted, “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.”
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
Hostin first responded on Twitter before her on-air takedown on Monday’s show.
This practicing Catholic will be supporting and attending LGBTQ Pride events. And so will my Catholic children. You should be ashamed @ThomasJTobin1 ?️? https://t.co/tqsyp137Fg https://t.co/RgGeoufXxR
— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) June 2, 2019
“My faith always taught me ‘What would Jesus do?’ I know Jesus would be attending that pride parade,” said Hostin, a practicing Catholic. “I also know that God is love and Jesus is love and Love is love.”
“For a Catholic bishop to come out and say something like that given the history of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, given what the Catholic Church has hidden about the abuse of children, some would say that being at a pride parade would be much safer for a child than it has been to be in a Catholic Church for many years,” she said.
Hostin went on to reveal that she’s had her faith tested by the decades-old sex abuse scandal.
“I almost left the Catholic Church because of what has happened,” she said.
View co-host Whoopi Goldberg also made her support clear, sending a message of positivity to anyone who may feel discouraged.
“This is what I’m going to tell all of our friends, God loves you,” said Goldberg. “This is about who you are. Be proud about who you are. There’s a whole bunch of us standing with you.”
In 2018, Tobin acknowledged that he “became aware of incidents of sexual abuse when they were reported to the diocese” between 1992 and 1996 in Pittsburgh when he was the auxiliary bishop of that city, reports The Providence Journal.
He said, however, that reporting the allegations was not a part of “my responsibilities as Vicar General and General Secretary of the diocese.”
“My responsibilities as Vicar General and General Secretary of the diocese did not include clergy assignments or clergy misconduct, but rather other administrative duties such as budgets, property, diocesan staff, working with consultative groups, etc. Even as an auxiliary bishop, I was not primarily responsible for clergy issues,” he said in an email statement to the Journal.
A grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania found more than 1,000 identifiable victims of sexual abuse by priests.
Actresses Mia Farrow and Patricia Arquette also slammed Tobin’s tweet.
“This is pure ignorance & bigotry,” Farrow wrote. “Ignore this hate-filled hypocrite. His mind set leads only to suffering. He brings to mind those priests who molested my brothers. Of COURSE we should embrace our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and children. Jesus spoke of love.”
Arquette tweeted, “Shame on you. LGBT kids are thrown out on the streets and abandoned because of poisonous thinking like yours.”
The diocese on Sunday released a statement by Tobin.
“I regret that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community,” Tobin said. “That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense. I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter.”
Tobin added that he and the Catholic Church have “respect and love for members of the gay community.”