- Jul 12, 2020
Approaching the one-year anniversary of being elevated to cardinals in the U.S. Church, Archbishops Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joe Tobin of Newark are working to build a “culture of encounter” in a divided country. In an interview with Crux, Tobin and Cupich discuss the challenges facing the U.S. on immigration, social media warfare, and the rise of polarization within the Church and the country.
A New Jersey family has lost their lawsuit to try and force their children to be enrolled at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Newark. Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Archbishop of Newark, testified that he decided not to allow the two girls to re-enroll because their parents’ behavior was not in the best interest of the school.
A recent New York Times article highlighted contrasts between Cardinals Timothy Dolan of New York and Joseph Tobin of Newark, and certainly there are a few, but what got lost in the shuffle is that both men are deeply respectful of others and their ideas, and in that sense act as a counter-example in a deeply polarized time in America.
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.