- Mar 29, 2020
On today’s mounting anti-immigrant rhetoric, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, connects it to the 1973 ‘Roe v. Wade’ decision as another chapter in the “brutalization of the American heart.” He also explained his recent decision to welcome a LGBTQ pilgrimage to the Newark Cathedral in part by saying, “I don’t presume that every person who identifies him or herself as LGBTQ is sexually active.”
Despite the expense and lofty rhetoric of the July 1-4 “Convocation of Catholic Leaders” sponsored by the U.S. bishops in Orlando, it’s hard right now to assess its long-term impact. However, right away, it provided a less political image of Catholicism, ratified the bishops’ commitment to Pope Francis, and delivered a positive experience of the Church to almost 3,500 people.
“I am your brother, as a sinner who finds mercy with the Lord,” Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark told a group of LGBT pilgrims visiting the archdiocese. After some media coverage skewed the story as a shift within the Catholic Church, Tobin stressed the importance of welcoming people into the faith.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark spoke before about 250 people at the DeSales Media’s celebration of World Communications Day in Brooklyn bringing attention to the issue of immigration and criticizing the media’s use of a “if-it-bleeds-it-leads” approach.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, on Wednesday issued a strong call to action to Catholic leaders to resist the immigration policies being implemented by the Trump administration, including musing aloud about the impact if every cardinal and bishop in the country were to accompany a potential deportee to his or her court hearing.
The Archbishop of Newark, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said, “We are the ‘no’ to a nation who is heartless, who would deport people separating them from their families and their loved ones simply because they are victims of a broken system.”