“The aha moment for me was the 2012 Democratic Party Convention. It was just awful,” the Bishop told a group of young Republicans.
Here's more of what he had to say in an interview with the National Catholic Register:
"We have to remind people that, in these cultural battles, moral issues are central. Our discussion of public life has to transcend purely economic and budgetary questions. Other issues — abortion, right to life, the nature of marriage, the obligations of family life — are important, and we should not discount them.Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/bishop-thomas-tobin-why-i-switched-to-the-republican-party/#ixzz2dV46fzUP
"I told the Young Republican group: 'You have to believe in something, and you need to be faithful to what you believe. You need to have moral courage, even if it contradicts public opinion polls.' They need to be profiles in courage, and that is something I find sadly lacking in most of our political leaders these days. . . . .
"If the religious community doesn’t speak truth to power, who will do it? We have the right and obligation to bring that religious perspective and moral voice to the public discussion — and not just on abortion."