The providence diocese Bishop Thomas Tobin, right, during the procession to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence, R. I., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, for a day of prayer and penance, he cried by the sex-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)
PROVIDENCE, R. I. – Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic bishop will hold a day of prayer and penance, because the clerical sex-abuse scandal.
Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin said this “difficult and dark days” for the church. The event will take place on Friday.
He says a commitment to end the scourge of sexual abuse” begins with the prayer, but that is not the end.
Tobin has said that he was aware of incidents of sexual abuse reported to the church officials during the work in Pennsylvania, but it was not his job to deal with them.
He was the auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1996.
Tobin says that he is fasting, penance for his “mistakes and failures as a Christian, priest and bishop,” and for the “sins and failures” of priests and bishops in connection with the sexual abuse of minors.