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What the world needs now is empathy

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In the past two weeks a pair of seemingly unrelated events took place, and statements made, that I believe go to the heart of the contemporary malaise. They involved different issues and causes but screamed the same lack of grace and compassion that so characterizes our current moral situation.

Thomas Tobin, Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, tweeted, “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.” The comment went viral, tens of thousands protested, but the bishop stood firm.

His misunderstanding of Christianity aside, the man seemed unable to grasp the incalculable harm done to children by the very church he represented and the enormous pain still being experienced by survivors of Catholic clergy abuse. Many of these people who had been assaulted by priests explained how they were gay and would be attending Pride. Tobin was........

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