The Roman Catholic bishop of my neighboring state, Rhode Island. Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin, an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan who displays a Steeler banner on his residence during each game day, obviously one who offers a good example of how to spend the Sabbath, recently posted a highly mean spirited tweet, a most unChristian message that caused me to pause and wonder what he sees as his job.
I thought to myself “you can see how both the NFL mindset and the Trump effect of mean spirited tweets attacking persons come together to bring about the lowering of folk.”
I say it was unChristian with the thought in mind that a Catholic bishop is supposed to be a Christain leader although there are some others of the Christian faith who suggest Catholics are not Christians. Ironically those folk and Catholics are now best forever friends which is also a head scratcher. It was not too long ago they hated Catholics. Jews, and black people as folk they wanted out of America to purify the nation.
I know every kiss begins with k but so does the word kill and all three initials of that group who hated Catholics. Strange bed fellows I suggest. United under the theory the enemy of my enemy is my friend but certainly not any teachings of Christ who the last time I looked spoke of love.
Bishop Tobin tweeted in the past: “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.”
Many found it odd a Catholic bishop was tweeting about the harm to children given the scandals the Church was going through at that time.
The reaction to that tweet caused Bishop Tobin to tweet; “Sadly, Twitter has become a major distraction for me, on good days and bad, an obstacle to my spiritual life, an occasion of sin for me and others.”
He was tempted to come back shortly after that. Perhaps consumed with thoughts of the Steelers he forgot to say the Lord’s prayer and the words: “lead us not into temptation.” Or perhaps he said them and to use Hamlet’s step father Claudius’s words: “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
Anyway the other day he tweeted: “Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad,”
How has this man remained a bishop for so long? Is this Trump type tweet because he got much money from the Trump Covid-19 bailout? Is it a Judas-like betrayal of Jesus’s talk of love where money ruled the day?
He was right when he said it was sad. It is sad a Catholic bishop shows such disdain for a fellow Catholic Biden who actually follows Christ’s precepts of loving all our neighbors rather than those who follow only one precept and have hate in their hearts for others.
I’d suggest the bishop stop spending time on the Steelers and.more on living as Jesus taught.