Papal appointment shakes up US church

What happened?

Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin was included in a batch of new cardinals last month in a surprise move that made him the small Midwestern diocese’s first cardinal.

In another twist on Monday, it was announced that Cardinal-designate Tobin would become the new Archbishop of New Jersey. He replaces Archbishop John Myers, who is retiring aged 75. This will be one of the few occasions where a cardinal has been moved between dioceses in recent history.

What the media are saying

Like Indianapolis, the 163-year-old Archdiocese of Newark has never had a cardinal. Local media outlet NJ.com told its readers to expect a cleric who was “more moderate – and one prone more to pastoral outreach – than Myers, who has been criticised as a distant figure not in touch with his widely diverse base.” The news site observed the “dizzying reversal” in the fortunes of Cardinal-designate Tobin, who during his time at the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious had apparently angered superiors by siding with nuns facing a visitation.

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