Thomas Joseph Tobin
|His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Thomas Joseph Tobin
|Bishop of Providence|
|Appointed||March 31, 2005|
|Installed||May 31, 2005|
|Ordination||July 21, 1973
by Vincent Leonard
|Consecration||December 27, 1992
by Donald Wuerl, Anthony G. Bosco, and Nicholas C. Dattilo
April 1, 1948 |
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh
Titular Bishop of Novica
Bishop of Youngstown
|Alma mater||Gannon University
Saint Francis University
Pontifical North American College
Pontifical Gregorian University
Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm
|Motto||STRONG - LOVING - WISE|
Thomas Joseph Tobin
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Early life and ordination
Thomas Tobin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied at St. Mark Seminary High School and Gannon University, both in Erie, before entering St. Francis University in Loretto where he received his BA in 1969  and the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome. He also pursued his graduate studies at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome.
Tobin was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Vincent Leonard on July 21, 1973, and then served as an assistant pastor at St. Vitus Parish in New Castle until 1979. From 1979 to 1984, he was an assistant pastor at St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township, later becoming administrative secretary to Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua, Associate General Secretary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (1987), and Vicar General and General Secretary (1990).
On November 3, 1992, Tobin was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh and Titular Bishop of Novica by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on December 27, 1992, from Bishop Donald Wuerl, with Bishops Anthony Bosco and Nicholas C. Dattilo serving as co-consecrators. Tobin was later named Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio, on December 5, 1995 (installed on February 2, 1996). In 1997, he was given an honorary doctorate from his alma mater of St. Francis University.
Pope John Paul II appointed Tobin Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, on March 31, 2005 as one of his last appointments of a bishop during the pope's 26-year reign; he was installed on May 31, 2005. Bishop Tobin sits on the Board of Trustees of Providence College and of Salve Regina University. He also maintains a column for his diocesan newspaper, "Without a Doubt", These columns have been published in two volumes: Without a Doubt: Bringing Faith to Life and Effective Faith: Faith that Makes a Difference.
Tobin also became embroiled in a public dispute with Rhode Island Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy over the Congressman's support for legal abortion during the Health Care debate. Kennedy claimed that Tobin barred him from Holy Communion, while Tobin claimed it was simply a confidential request made years prior.
Upon President Obama's announced support for same-sex marriage, Tobin said it was "a sad day in American history". His views on Catholic morality and voting have included the concept that voting for a pro-choice/Feminist/pro-LGBTQ candidate is morally unacceptable. The Bishop has also stated that "the Catholic Church has respect, love and pastoral concern for our brothers and sisters who have same-sex attraction. I sincerely pray for God’s blessings upon them, that they will enjoy much health, happiness and peace [...]. Our respect and pastoral care, however, does not mean that we are free to endorse or ignore immoral or destructive behavior, whenever or however it occurs. Indeed, as St. Paul urges us, we are required to “speak the truth in love.” (Eph 4:15). At this moment of cultural change, it is important to affirm the teaching of the Church, based on God’s word, that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2357) and always sinful. And because “same-sex marriages” are clearly contrary to God’s plan for the human family, and therefore objectively sinful, Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies, realizing that to do so might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others".
- 2005 Saint Francis University Alumni Directory page 276
- "Without A Doubt"
- "RI Bishop Tobin: Obama's support of gay marriage 'a sad day in American history'". ProvidenceJournal.com. May 20, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- Tobin, Thomas Joseph (May 2, 2013). "Letter to Catholics on the Approval of "Same-Sex Marriage" in RI". Diocese of Providence. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence Official Site
- Book: Effective Faith: Faith that Makes a Difference
- Official site of the Holy See
- Without a Doubt Column Archive
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