Pope announces Newark Cardinal Tobin
…In short, he is just the kind of leader Pope Francis is elevating to realign the church in the United States with his priorities.
As the pope has made clear over the past three years, fancy lifestyles, formality and regal titles like Prince of the Church are out of style for cardinals. So is an emphasis on the divisive issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, even though the church’s underlying position on those issues has not changed.
Instead, in the pope’s view, the church should emphasize humility and service to the poor. It should be multicultural, welcoming different styles of worship. It should reach out to other faiths and stand up for immigrants, refugees and nuns….
Cardinal Tobin moving to Newark
In Newark, he said, his first job after his installation on Jan. 6 will be to listen. Encompassing Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties in northern New Jersey, the archdiocese has pockets of great wealth and poverty, and an array of immigrants so diverse that Mass each Sunday is celebrated in 20 languages. About 30 percent of the parishioners are Hispanic.
It is also a community in need of healing. In July, citing the failure of the archdiocese to effectively remove priests accused of sexual abuse from contact with children, the editorial board of The Star-Ledger of Newark called the departure of Archbishop Myers a “true blessing.”
Tobin’s fans are legion. He is well-loved and respected.
Who is he?
- Joseph W. Tobin
Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R. is an American Cardinal prelate of the Catholic Church. On November 7, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey. Wikipedia
Born: May 3, 1952 (age 64), Detroit, MI
Archdiocese: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Predecessor: Daniel M. Buechlein
Ordination: June 1, 1978
Consecration: October 9, 2010
Created cardinal: November 19, 2016
Appointed: October 18, 2012