United States Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC
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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. He has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2004.
Cardinal McCarrick was ordained to the priesthood in 1958 and earned a PhD in sociology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His first assignment was at Catholic University, where he served as assistant chaplain, dean of students, and director of development. In 1965, he was named president of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. He returned to New York in 1969 to serve first as associate secretary for education and then as Cardinal Terence Cooke’s secretary.
In 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed Cardinal McCarrick the first bishop of Metuchen, a newly established diocese in New Jersey, and in 1986, he was named archbishop of Newark. In January 2001, Cardinal McCarrick was installed as archbishop of Washington, a position he held until May 2006. In February 2001, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals.
Cardinal McCarrick has served as chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Policy, International Policy, Migration, and Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. He has also served on the Administrative, Doctrine, Laity, Latin America, and Missions Committees.
Cardinal McCarrick is a founding member of the Papal Foundation and has served as its president since 1997. For the Vatican, he serves on the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, and Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
Cardinal McCarrick has visited many nations as a human rights advocate. In 1996, he was invited to serve on the US Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad and, in 1998, he was one of three American clerics invited to China to discuss religious freedom.
In 2000, Cardinal McCarrick was honored by the presidents of Lebanon and the United States for his work on human rights, just two of many honors he has received. Cardinal McCarrick speaks five languages: English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.