Catholic Bishop Offers Non-Apology: Sorry You Were Offended But It’s My Job To Call LGBT Pride “Harmful”

NBC News reports:

The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, said Sunday that he regretted the controversy he created by telling Catholics to boycott Pride Month events but that he couldn’t renounce church teachings.

Bishop Thomas Tobin released a statement on Sunday saying he regretted “that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community.”

“That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense,” he said. But Tobin declined to withdraw the statement, saying, “As a Catholic Bishop, however, my obligation before God is to lead the faithful entrusted to my care and to teach the faith, clearly and compassionately, even on very difficult and sensitive issues.”

Vicious quotes from Tobin regularly appeared on JMG during the battles to repeal DADT and legalize same-sex marriage.