- Mar 27, 2020
Declaring he was happy to call the parish of St. Mary of the Graces “my new family,” Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said, “It gives me joy to share our faith, the word of God and the sacraments with you. Pray for your brother ‘Giuseppe’ and I will never forget to pray for you.”
Newark Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz was offering the opening prayers of the Mass when a man wearing a white robe over a red suit left his pew, approached the altar, and punched the bishop in the face, according to local news outlets.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin said on Friday that Trump’s actions were “not rational acts” and called the orders “inhuman policies.” He also vowed to continue resettling refugees in the area. He also defied Mike Pence on the settlement of Syrian refugees in Indianapolis when Pence was governor of Indiana.
The fact that guidelines from bishops for the pastoral application of chapter 8 of Pope Francis’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ present opposite interpretations on the issue of access to the sacraments for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics confirms one truth: the argument is not yet settled.
At his installation Mass on Friday, Cardinal Joseph Tobin said, “The church senses a responsibility for the world, not simply as yet another institutional presence or a benevolent NGO, but as a movement of salt, light and leaven for the world’s transformation.”
If we’re to look at today’s debate in the Church over Pope Francis’s document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in purely political terms, a curious fact emerges: Both conservatives and liberals in the argument seem to be embracing a strategy not necessarily most conducive to their success.