Archbishop Tobin named cardinal, will lead Newark archdiocese
INDIANAPOLIS — The archbishop of Indianapolis, who defied a governor and now vice president-elect over accepting Syrian refugees into Indiana, has been named cardinal.
Tobin made headlines in December 2015 when then-Gov. Mike Pence argued that Syrian refugees being resettled in the United States had not gotten proper background reviews, opening the door to potential terrorists.
After a meeting with the Republican governor, Tobin informed Pence that his archdiocese would welcome the husband, wife and two children fleeing war.
The 64-year-old Tobin was born in Detroit. He was ordained in 1978.