New Jersey Cardinal Welcomes Gay Activists to His Cathedral

New Jersey Cardinal Welcomes Gay Activists to His Cathedral

[Hat-tip to Canon212: “NJ ThugCardinal Tobin makes a home for dissident gay activists on ‘retreat'”]

By JOHN ZMIRAK
Published on April 19, 2017

One of the more forgettable comedies of 2011 was Cameron Diaz’s farce, Bad Teacher. It wasn’t actually funny. Its efforts at wild irreverence seemed desperate and strained. The sequence that led me to hit Stop and eject the DVD was this one: Diaz was working against her will as a teacher in a high school. Hung over and apathetic, she over and over again blew off giving a lecture. Instead, she popped in a movie of dubious relevance and left the kids to watch it as she napped.Bad_Teacher_Poster

That didn’t make me chuckle. It made me livid. I’ve had some amazing teachers, and a few really bad ones. I know how important the devoted ones can be. They can change your life. And the rotten ones do grave harm. A highly educated person who’s being paid to pass on his learning to you sends a message. If he takes the material seriously, he teaches you it’s important. If he shrugs and waves it off, young impressionable people get that message too: This topic is so bogus, not even the teacher cares about it.

I still remember with bitterness a cynical high school religion teacher. His blasé, sarcastic attitude toward core Christian doctrines made my teenage blood boil. I learned he later went off to peddle suburban homes. I hope he took them more seriously.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark: Bad Teacher

Which brings us to the Catholic Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, Joseph Tobin. Recently boosted by Pope Francis to cardinal, Tobin will be one of the tiny group voting on who the next pope will be. He leads a flock of millions, in the New York metro area, with a major Catholic university, Seton Hall right in his city. In fact, Seton Hall is one of the small group of Catholic schools which have seen a resurgence of Catholic identity. That depends in large part on Tobin’s good will. Which is really a shame for Seton Hall. Because like Cameron Diaz’s character in the movie, Tobin is a bad teacher.

The role of a bishop is first and foremost as a teacher. His authority in his diocese is similar to the pope’s over the whole church. He’s considered an heir of the apostles. He is meant to do for (let’s say) Newark what St. James did for Jerusalem: serve as the primary evangelist of the faith of Jesus.

On crucial moral issues, Tobin is snoozing through the class. In this he is like far too many bishops around the world. Worst is that that faction of bishops which Pope Francis seems to favor and promote: social justice activists, who go way beyond the church’s actual teaching on political issues in fashion with the left. But on topics that might bother Caesar, or anger elites, they shrug and go back to sleep. Or worse, with a wink and a nod they give aid and comfort to the enemies of our faith.

Gay Activists at the Cathedral

The man who called Tobin’s abuses to our attention is Joseph Sciambra. Once sunk so deep in the homosexual lifestyle that he acted in pornographic films, Sciambra was granted the grace to escape. Now he bares his soul and braves the scorn of angry activists, defending the Gospel’s teaching on chastity and repentance. If I had to name one person alive today whom I expect someday to be canonized a saint, Sciambra would be that man. On his blog, Sciambra reports that Cardinal Tobin is sponsoring the following event:

An LGBT Pilgrimage and Mass to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey. According to a flyer for the event, the Pilgrimage and Mass are taking place: “With the blessings and best wishes of His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark …”

Mass will be offered by Rev. Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R. Gargani frequently offers retreats to LGBT Catholics, one of which was advertised by the gay-affirmative Open Hearts GLBT Ministry located at St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church in Hartford, Connecticut. The Open Hearts group recently read a book which celebrated the “Queer Christ.” According to a description for the retreat:

Through ritual prayer, reflective input sessions, shared discussion, personal time for prayer and quiet, and social gatherings, this retreat offers a special opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons to celebrate their identity and deepen their experience of community in the living God.

Not a word about chastity or repentance. Sciambra dug deeper and learned about the organizers of the event. They work closely with pro-gay activists who reject Christian moral teaching outright. And Tobin is hosting them at his own cathedral.

Why invite gay activists to a Catholic cathedral? Why silence a pro-life priest?

Silencing Faithful Priests

But don’t let it be said that Tobin is always asleep at the switch. When it comes to enforcing conformity with liberal politics, his diocese swings into action. As LifeSiteNews reported:

The Archdiocese of Newark says it will crack down on an outspoken pro-life priest after a hit piece on a local news site against him.

On Wednesday, NJ.com published a scathing article about posts made by Father Peter West on his Facebook page.

The article says West “has repeatedly railed against Muslims,” voiced “strong support for the president’s travel ban” and “assailed millennials as ‘snowflakes’,” among other accusations.

The article suggested the priest has violated the Johnson Amendment by being so political on Facebook and worried that West’s “withering attacks … run counter to the statements and philosophies of his own leader, Newark Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, and his ultimate boss, Pope Francis.”

James Goodness, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Newark, told NJ.com that the archdiocese is “concerned about Father West’s comments and actions, and will be addressing them according to the protocols of the Church.”

….

West is … vocally supportive of Catholic moral teaching on his social media. He has 8,494 Facebook followers. More than 200 people have signed a recently-launched petition asking the Archdiocese to condemn the “false, inaccurate” hit piece on him.

West said his posts about radical Islam were made “on what you might say are feminist grounds.”

He said he was troubled by “the fact that they don’t treat women as equals, that one man can have up to four [wives], that a woman is treated as an article of property, that in many of these Muslim countries, they practice female genital mutilation.”

“Eat My Sheep”

Why were gay activists invited to Newark’s cathedral? Why was a faithful New Jersey priest silenced for taking sane stances on social media? Is Tobin catering to social justice leftists while kicking moral conservatives to the curb?

That’s what you call a bad teacher.

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2 comments on “New Jersey Cardinal Welcomes Gay Activists to His Cathedral

  1. What’s So Funny, Cardinal Tobin?

    by Christopher A. Ferrara
    April 20, 2017

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    Meet the “gay-friendly” Cardinal Francis Tobin, Cardinal Archbishop of Newark, created a cardinal and assigned to that See by — of course — Pope Bergoglio, who is seeding the entire Church with such prelates.

    Perhaps the picture alone suffices to demonstrate what we are dealing with in Tobin: yet another constantly grinning and guffawing, quite well fed, ecclesial subversive cum miter and trendy vestments, intent on submitting the Church to the demands of political correctness, including the demands of the “LGBT community” — that is, the “community” of those who habitually engage in one of the sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance.

    Joseph Sciambra, who by the grace of God abandoned that particular sin, along with pornography and the occult, has been instrumental in documenting Tobin’s revolting accommodation of sodomy in the Newark Archdiocese (hat tip to John Zmirak regarding Sciambra’s blog).

    Sciambra reports that “two Catholic parishes in New Jersey are cosponsoring a May 21, 2017 LGBT Pilgrimage and Mass to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey. According to a flyer for the event, the Pilgrimage and Mass are taking place: ‘With the blessings and best wishes of His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark…’”

    The Mass for this abominable “pilgrimage” will be offered by one Rev. Francis Gargani, who specializes in hosting retreats for “LGBT Catholics.” The brochure for one of these “retreats,” which Sciambra quotes, leaves no doubt that they do not involve any spiritual advice about the intrinsic disorder of the homosexual condition or the evil of sodomy:

    “Through ritual prayer, reflective input sessions, shared discussion, personal time for prayer and quiet, and social gatherings, this retreat offers a special opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons to celebrate their identity and deepen their experience of community in the living God.”

    The sponsor of this particular retreat is a group called “In God’s Image,” which meets at one of the two parishes sponsoring the “LGBT pilgrimage” to Tobin’s cathedral in Newark: Sacred Heart parish in South Plainfield, New Jersey in the Diocese of Metuchen. The group’s name, along with the description of its “retreat,” makes it clear that the members hold to the utter blasphemy that “God’s Image” is reflected in the disordered sexuality of the “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” perversions, and that the members view their sexual disorders as constituting their “identity” and thus something to “celebrate.”

    Sciambra notes that the members of “In God’s Image” claim that they “acknowledge and respect the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.” But “acknowledge” and “respect” are not the same as “accept” and “obey.” Indeed, like all clever ecclesial subversives, the members of this group that celebrates sexual deviancy deny precisely what they pretend to affirm. Hence, as Sciambra further notes, the Sacred Heart parish website, whose home page features “In God’s Image,” also has a link to “the radical gay-affirmative documentary ‘Owning Our Faith,’” in which a “gay” man who claims to be “married” to another “gay” man, declares:

    “If we leave it, if we abandon the Church then it’s never going to change. So we have to continue living here, being an example and encouraging other people to be that example because that’s what’s going to change the Church.”

    The other parish sponsoring this “pilgrimage” is (Sciambra reports) the Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach in the Diocese of Trenton. This “gay-friendly” parish boasts of an “LGBT Faith Sharing Ministry” that was established by one Dena Walter Reger, who declares that as “the proud mom of a wonderful gay son, I started an LGBT ministry at the Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey with the support of a very accepting pastor. We have experienced further acceptance from the parish and especially the parish council.”

    Tobin, Sciambra concludes, has lamented that “In too many parts of our church LGBT people have been made to feel unwelcome, excluded, and even shamed.” But not in the Archdiocese of Newark, where people afflicted by disordered tendencies can not only flaunt their disorders but proclaim them proudly as the very basis of their identity and even a reflection of “God’s image,” receiving a royal welcome from Bishop Tobin and the conspicuous use of his cathedral.

    Not so welcome — predictably enough — are politically incorrect Catholics who dare to speak out about the grave evils of our decadent, libertine social order, such as the renowned pro-life priest Father Peter West. As John Zmirak reports (citing an article by Life Site News): “The Archdiocese of Newark says it will crack down on an outspoken pro-life priest after a hit piece on a local news site against him. On Wednesday, NJ.com published a scathing article about posts made by Father Peter West on his Facebook page. The article says West ‘has repeatedly railed against Muslims,’ voiced ‘strong support for the president’s travel ban’ and ‘assailed millennials as “snowflakes”,’ among other accusations.”

    As Crux magazine online has reported: “Archdiocese spokesman Jim Goodness told NJ.com in a statement ‘that a priest doesn’t give up his freedom of expression when he’s ordained. But Goodness said West’s actions raise concerns and they will be addressed according to church protocols.’” At the same time, however, another priest of the Archdiocese, one Father Alexander Santora, is left free to launch public attacks on President Trump, including his declaration on Twitter that “We need more people with the courage of Elie Wiesel in this time of presidential autocracy. Trump is dangerous,” while hailing Hillary Clinton as “the Healer in Chief.”

    In short, Tobin is the perfect Bergoglian prelate. Perhaps that explains why he is so often seen laughing: The joke is on us. And on the Church. But while the devil may be laughing right along with Tobin, faithful Catholics are imploring Heaven for an end to the ecclesial corruption spreading everywhere in what must be the final stages of the unparalleled crisis predicted in the Third Secret of Fatima.

  2. [Church Militant’s “take” on the matter which adds a few new details but fails to mention who made Tobin a Cardinal and promoted him from Indianapolis to Newark]

    NJ CARDINAL GIVES BLESSING TO LGBT PILGRIMAGE TO CATHEDRAL

    by Trey Elmore • ChurchMilitant • April 20, 2017

    Event will include gay Mass

    NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey cardinal is giving the go-ahead to an LGBT pilgrimage and Mass at his cathedral. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, is hosting the retreat and Mass on May 21, followed by a tour of the cathedral building. The event is sponsored by gay parish ministry groups attached to two New Jersey parishes: the Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield; and the Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach, 59 miles away from the cathedral.

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    The flyer for the event, accessible through the Sacred Heart parish website, says the retreat is taking place “[w]ith the blessings and best wishes of His Eminence Joseph Cdl. Tobin, C.Ss.R.” Church Militant confirmed with the parish priest at Sacred Heart, Fr. John Paul Alvarado, that Cdl. Tobin did give his personal approval for the event. When asked what the purpose of the LGBT pilgrimage was, Alvarado evaded answering, and also refused to give a clear answer whether the event would be promoting chastity based on Church teaching. Alvarado further rejected the notion that the LGBT pilgrimage could be a cause for scandal.

    The LGBT Mass will be said by Redemptorist priest Fr. Francis Gargani, who has hosted such Masses in the past. In an interview in May 2016 with the dissident National Catholic Reporter, Fr. Gargani said, “I had the privilege of collaborating recently with a talented team offering a day of prayer and reflection for the LGBT community of New Jersey and will do so for an upcoming June retreat.”

    Church Militant reached out to Jim Goodness, director of communications for the archdiocese of Newark, to confirm that Cdl. Tobin had given his blessing on the pilgrimage. Goodness admitted knowledge of the event but refused to confirm or deny Tobin’s blessing on it.

    Both parishes hosting the pilgrimage have parish “gay ministries” called respectively In God’s Image at Sacred Heart and LGBT Faith-Sharing Ministry at Precious Blood. The latter group’s website reads in part, “We seek to engage the larger community in recognizing that we are all members of God’s family nad [sic] that we each have a place at the table of the Lord.”

    In God’s Image states on its website, “We acknowledge and respect the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and strive to create an environment where people may honestly and faithfully share their stories.”

    Cardinal Tobin was among a handful of prelates who have publicly lauded the soon-to-be-released pro-gay book by Jesuit celebrity priest Fr. James Martin, saying, “Fr. Martin’s brave, prophetic and inspiring new book marks an essential step in inviting church leaders to minister with more compassion and in reminding LGBT Catholics that they are as much a part of our church as any other Catholic.”

    Cardinal Tobin is also among the few prelates to publicly criticize the dubia cardinals, calling the critics of Amoris Laetitia “naive at best.”

    Both Cdl. Tobin and Fr. Gargani belong to the Redemptorist Order, founded by Doctor of the Church St. Alphonsus de Ligouri. Saint Alphonsus said about sodomy in his 1759 document Homo Apostolicus, “Sodomy involves a special deformity.”

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