Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin

Birthday: 3 May 1952
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Redeemer College, Waterford, WI
Master’s in Religious Education – Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary, Esopus, NY
Master’s in Divinity – Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary, Esopus, NY

Ordination: 1 June 1978
Episcopate: 9 October 2010
Cardinal: 19 November 2016

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Does not support Archbishop Viganò
  • On September 1, 2018, Cardinal Tobin told a journalist for the North Jersey Record that he didn’t investigate allegations against Theodore McCarrick because he didn’t think they were true. The journalist reported that “Tobin told me that soon after arriving in Newark, he heard ‘rumors’ about McCarrick’s beach house. But he never bothered to check them out. He says he thought the story was too ‘incredulous’ to believe.” (Catholic News Agency)
  • Cardinal Tobin criticized Archbishop Vigano’s testimony, saying it was filled with “factual errors, innuendo and fearful ideology.” He dismissed it because, he said, it “cannot be understood as contributing to the healing of survivors of sexual abuse.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Archbishop Vigano claims Cardinal Tobin’s appointment as Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey was “orchestrated by McCarrick.” (LifeSiteNews)

Amoris Laetitia

Permits Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics
  • During a speech he gave at Villanova University in April 2018, Cardinal Tobin praised Amoris Laetitia, calling it a “paradigm shift” that, like Vatican II, has “provoked controversy.” The event focused on the 5-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, and featured speeches from globalist and pro-abortion economist Jeffrey Sachs, progressive Cardinal Maradiaga and liberal Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro. (America)
  • Cardinal Tobin said the authors of the dubia were “at best naive,” and that their request was “troublesome.” Amoris Laetitia cannot simply be reduced to a question of “yes or no” in a specific pastoral situation, Tobin argued. (LifeSiteNews)

Pro-life leadership

Not enough evidence collected on this issue

Homosexuality

Not enough evidence collected on this issue
  • During a speech he gave at Villanova University in April 2018, Cardinal Tobin was asked about Catholic institutions firing “LGBT” persons. In response, Tobin said “I think it’s a very difficult question.” He added that “The Church is moving on the question of same-sex couples” although not as swiftly as some would like. The event focused on the 5-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, and featured speeches from globalist and pro-abortion economist Jeffrey Sachs, progressive Cardinal Maradiaga and liberal Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

Not enough evidence collected on this issue
  • While most U.S. Bishops tend to conduct prayerful protests outside abortion clinics on Good Friday, Cardinal Tobin, in 2018, opted to participate in a march that was described by his diocese as being “for justice, for immigrants, and for all.” (LifeSiteNews)

Contraception

Not enough evidence collected on this issue

“LGBT” ideology

Does not uphold Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • Cardinal Tobin endorses “Building a Bridge,” a book written by pro-gay Vatican consultant Fr. James Martin. The book does not mention the sinfulness of homosexual acts, fails to call on homosexual persons to live chaste lives, and demands the Church change its teaching on LGBT issues. Tobin called the book “brave, prophetic and inspiring.” (Harper Collins)
  • In May 2017, Cardinal Tobin said he was “delighted” to welcome a LGBTQ pilgrimage to the Cathedral in his diocese. Tobin personally welcomed the 200 participants when they arrived, telling them “I am Joseph, your brother.” Tobin referred to pilgrimage participants as his “LGBTQ brothers and sisters.” He later said it would not have been appropriate to call on them to leave behind a life of sin and live chastely. (LifeSiteNews)

Liturgy

Not enough evidence collected on this issue

Marriage and Family Life

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Education

Not enough evidence collected on this issue
  • During a December 2017 interview with the New York Times, Cardinal Tobin said “Maybe my theology isn’t sophisticated enough, but I don’t believe that there’s a compelling theological reason why the pope couldn’t name a woman cardinal.” The role of women has “got to be more” than just being appointed to influential posts in the Roman Curia, he added. (The New York Times)