Welcoming the Stranger While Challenging the Fear:
The Response of the Catholic Church to the Polemic Around Refugee Resettlement in the United States
This presentation by Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., examined the imperative to assist refugees according to the moral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Read these articles from the local press:
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The Cardinal-Designate considered the fear that has been generated around the question of immigration, and how the Catholic community may address that anxiety. Archbishop Tobin described the circumstances surrounding a public controversy in December 2015 with the governor of Indiana regarding the resettlement of Syrian refugees by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Born in Detroit MI 05/03/52, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R. is the eldest of 13 children, and professed first vows as a Redemptorist missionary in 1973. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978, served Hispanic communities in the Midwest from 1979-91; elected general consultor to the superior general of the Redemptorists and moved to Roma (1991); elected superior general (1997), and reelected (2003); named archbishop by Benedict XVI and secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (2010); ordained to the episcopacy (2010); named metropolitan archbishop of Indianapolis (2012). He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Holy Redeemer College (Waterford, Wisconsin) in 1971; his M.Re from Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary (Esopus, New York) in 1977; and his M.Div from Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in 1979. He has had the following responsibilities within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: chair, sub-committee for the Church in Africa; co-chair, North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation; and chair, Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocation. Within the Holy See, he has had these responsbilities: member, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; and member, Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.
This lecture was cosponsored by the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office for Mission, the Theology Department, the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, the Center for Catholic Studies, the History Department, the Sociology Department, the Justice and Peace Studies Department, and the GALE Office of Community Engagement.