Thomas Tobin, the Bishop of Providence,
Rhode Island, has warned Roman Catholics to think “very carefully”
before attending a gay wedding.
Tobin made his remarks shortly before
the Rhode Island House gave its final approval to a marriage bill and
independent Governor Lincoln Chafee signed it into law.
Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signs gay marriage bill.)
“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,” Tobin wrote in a pastoral
letter to the faithful released Thursday.
“The Catholic Church has fought very
hard to oppose this immoral and unnecessary proposition, and we are
most grateful to all those who have courageously joined us in this
effort,” he added.
Rhode Island is one of the most
Catholic states in the nation.