“A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June,” Tobin said in his highly criticized tweet. “They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.”
Hostin was one of many on social media who disagreed with the bishop’s anti-LGBTQ comments.
She slammed the bishop in a tweet, saying, “This practicing Catholic will be supporting and attending LGBTQ Pride events. And so will my Catholic children. You should be ashamed.”
But Hostin went further during Monday’s show, saying she believed that Jesus would attend Pride.
“I tweeted out that my Catholic children will be attending Pride events as this Catholic will,” she said to the other co-hosts. “And you know, my faith always taught me, ‘What would Jesus do?’ And I know Jesus would be attending that Pride parade.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg added, “With pride,” to which Hostin echoed, “With pride.”
Hostin then echoed a sentiment that many on social media had also shared — mainly that it was hypocritical for a Catholic Church official to claim Pride is harmful for children, given the church is currently plagued by child sexual abuse scandals.
“I also know that God is love, Jesus is love, love is love,” Hostin said. “For a Catholic bishop to come out and say something like that given the history of pedophilia in the Catholic church, given what the Catholic church has hidden about the abuse of children, some would say that being at a Pride parade would be much safer for a child than it has been to be in a Catholic church for many years.”
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput also said that the phrase “LGBTQ” should not appear in any Church documents.
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