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Bishop Thomas Tobin, Catholic Diocese of Providence, on the Reason He Switched His Party Registration from Democrat to Republican

August 13, 2013

The a-ha moment for me was the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It was just awful. I just said I can't be associated structurally with that group, in terms of abortion and NARAL [Pro-Choice America] and Planned Parenthood and [the] same-sex marriage agenda and cultural destruction I saw going on. I just couldn't do it anymore. [...] Would Jesus be a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a conservative? I'm going to punt on that question and say: all of the above and none of the above. Labeling Jesus or labeling the church or labeling me depends on the particular issue. [...] When we involve ourselves in the public debate, it's about issues we think transcend being Catholic and transcend being Christian -- these are issues of concern to the whole human family.

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