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Cardinal Tobin denounces anti-immigrant rhetoric, explains welcome for LGBTQ activists

July 06, 2017

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, compared anti-immigration rhetoric with the acceptance of legal abortion as “a further brutalization of the American heart,” in an interview with the Crux news site.

Cardinal Tobin argued that “the current dehumanization of the undocumented” is similar to the legal rejection of the rights of the unborn. The damaging consequences of the rhetoric, he said, “affects not only the immigrant population but all of us.”

Questioned about the recent event in which he welcomed gay activists to his cathedral, Cardinal Tobin argued that he was not ignoring the teachings of the Church regarding the immorality of homosexual acts. “I don’t presume every person who identifies him or herself as LGBTQ is sexually active,” he explained. “If they’re attempting to live a chaste life, then they certainly need the support of the believing community, a chance to pray, and to know that they’re welcomed within the Body of Christ.”

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  • Posted by: rangefar6681 - Jul. 09, 2017 2:00 PM ET USA

    The analogy between unborn children and the "undocumented" is forced at best. The Cardinal needs to think far more clearly about this and about his LGBTQI-alphabet remarks. To lump all who experience same-sex attraction and seek to live chastely together with all who identify themselves by their psychosexual disorder and seek to advocate for their community is clearly to miss the point of the Church's rejection of reducing any person to his/her sexual attractions.

  • Posted by: mwean7331 - Jul. 08, 2017 12:32 AM ET USA

    I truly hope and pray Cardinal Tobin has some VERY good explanations when He comes before his God When you are an activist in the LGBT I doubt you are willing to lead a chaste life. This Cardinal is very naive or laboring under some misapprehension. Either way the LGBT are happy to have him on "board"

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jul. 07, 2017 4:29 PM ET USA

    The Cardinal's statements on immigration as reported above are inaccurate. The issue is not immigration per se. The issue is open borders and illegal immigration! Moreover every country has a right to control its borders. There also has to be time for the immigrants here to assimilate, otherwise we run the risk of Balkanization. There was virtually no immigration from the 20's to 1965 in order to allow for assimilation.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jul. 07, 2017 9:55 AM ET USA

    How is it that a non-Catholic has risen in the church to hold the position of Cardinal? How did this happen?

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 06, 2017 8:47 PM ET USA

    How can anyone equate pre-born children with criminals who have entered our country illegally?

  • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Jul. 06, 2017 12:06 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Tobin verbally attacked the President on the 4th of July. Kind of an insult to the tens of millions of American, many of them Catholic, who voted for Mr. Trump. Is this the way we can expect this pope's cardinals to act in future?