Bishop Tobin

No Corned Beef For RI Catholics On St. Pat’s

But snake meat would be fine. Technically, it’s the flesh of warmblooded animals that is off limits on Fridays. In the same week that Pope Francis opened the door to possibly revising the tradition of priestly celibacy, Rhode Island’s outgoing, ultra-conservative, Bishop Tobin declared that his flock must forgo corned beef this St. Patrick’s Day, […]

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A Manufactured Controversy: The Holiday Tree

On November 28, 2011 in Rhode Island, Governor Lincoln Chafee’s office issued a routine and rather perfunctory press release entitled “Governor Chafee to Host State Holiday Tree Lighting.”  The press release read, in part: Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and First Lady Stephanie Chafee will host the annual State House holiday tree lighting in the

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