Bishop Tobin: Spiritual Guidance Belongs in Politics

Bishop Thomas Tobin
Bishop Thomas Tobin ( Jim Forest via Flickr CC BY NC ND 2.0 via CNA)

The Providence, R.I., shepherd often uses Twitter to weigh in on political and moral debates.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Speaking out on political issues is not only a right, but a duty, for religious leaders, said Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., in a recent interview.

“What we try and do is take the Gospel, the basis of our faith, and apply it to the issues of the day,” Bishop Tobin told the Providence Journal in an article published April 17.

“Now, some people will like it, some people won’t like it; some will agree, some will not. I think we have not just a right but the need to be involved in these public conversations.”

Bishop Tobin said that when he speaks about issues such as immigration and gun control, he draws…

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