Catholic Bishop Leaves Democratic Party for GOP; 2012 DNC Was Last Straw

August 14, 2013 - 5:08 PM

Bishop Thomas Tobin

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

(CNSNews.com) – Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the diocese of Providence, R.I., said he recently changed his voter registration from Democrat to Republican, noting that the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the Democrats’ strong support for abortion and homosexual “marriage” was the last straw.

“The a-ha moment for me was the 2012 Democratic National Convention – it was just awful,” said Tobin on Tuesday before a meeting of the Rhody Young Republicans in Providence.  Tobin is 65 and has been a registered Democrat since 1969.

“I just said I can’t be associated structurally with that group, in terms of abortion and NARAL and Planned Parenthood and [the] same-sex marriage agenda and cultural destruction I saw going on,” said Tobin, as first reported by Ted Nesi at WPRI.com.  “I just couldn’t do it anymore.”

“I’ve changed my party registration now, but the fact is that the registration itself doesn’t mean a whole lot to me,” said Tobin.

The bishop said he was greatly disappointed by the passage, in May, of a same-sex marriage law in Rhode Island.

Barack Obama, Joe Biden

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo)

“I was profoundly disappointed that the state moved in that direction and that so many Catholic politicians abandoned ship on this issue,” said Tobin. “This was a critical issue and they let us down.”

The Catholic Church teaches that marriage between one man and one woman is naturally evident given the complementarity of the two sexes and their natural ability to beget children.

In Scripture, Jesus Christ described marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

In commenting on the issue of homosexual “marriage,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says: “Marriage is the lifelong partnership of mutual and exclusive fidelity between a man and a woman ordered by its very nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children (see CCC, no. 1601; CIC, can. 1055.1; GS, no. 48).

“The bond of marriage is indissoluble – that is, it lasts “until death do us part.” At the heart of married love is the total gift of self that husband and wife freely offer to each other. Because of their sexual difference, husband and wife can truly become “one flesh” and can give to each other “the reality of children, who are a living reflection of their love” (FC, no. 14).”