- Jul 12, 2020
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.”
One month after Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the head of the Newark archdiocese, led a rally objecting to the removal of Catalino Guerrero, an illegal immigrant and grandfather of four. The custom officials at Newark, New Jersey, approved a one-year stay of removal.
Father James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge,” includes several blurbs from top figures in the Catholic Church’s hierarchy which is a surprising break from the past. This seems to indicate a sea change during the papacy of Pope Francis.
Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said immigration is the “human rights test of our time” and said that having a policy that solely focuses on deportations without addressing reform of the immigration system risks causing “a human rights nightmare.”