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.