Pope names Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin to head Newark archdiocese

Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin, CSsR. Photo courtesy of Whispers in the Loggia

Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin, CSsR. Photo courtesy of Whispers in the Loggia

In a stunning announcement on Monday, Pope Francis appointed Indianapolis archbishop, Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin, CSsR, archbishop of Newark, NJ. He replaces Archbishop John J. Myers whose resignation was accepted due to reaching the age limit. Archbishop Myers turned 75 in July and submitted his resignation at that time.

The 64-year-old cardinal-designate, who is a member of the Redemptorist order, has been the archbishop of Indianapolis since 2012 and was named a new cardinal by Pope Francis Oct. 9. He also is former archbishop-secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. As secretary, he was credited with helping change the tone of a Vatican-ordered apostolic visitation of U.S. women’s religious communities from an investigation into a dialogue.

He will be installed as the 6th archbishop of Newark on Jan. 6. He will receive his red hat as a cardinal in a consistory at the Vatican on Nov. 19.

A native of Detroit, he is the oldest of 13 children.

This is the first time a cardinal has been appointed to Newark in the archdiocese’s 162-year history.

For the Catholic News Service (Nov. 7, 2016) report, click here.

For the National Catholic Reporter (Nov. 7, 2016) summary, click here.

For a letter to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis (Nov.7, 2016), click here.

For a commentary by Rocco Palmo, go to his blog at: www.whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com.