Theodore Edgar McCarrick
Theodore Edgar McCarrick
|Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Washington|
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick speaking at the 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
|Installed||January 3, 2001|
|Term ended||May 16, 2006|
|Predecessor||James Aloysius Hickey|
|Other posts||Ecclesiastical Superior of Turks and Caicos (1998–2000)
Archbishop of Newark (1986–2000)
Bishop of Metuchen (1981–86)
Auxiliary Bishop of New York (1977–81)
|Ordination||May 31, 1958|
|Consecration||June 29, 1977|
|Created Cardinal||February 21, 2001|
|Rank||Cardinal Priest of Ss. Nerei et Achillei|
July 7, 1930 |
|Coat of arms|
Theodore Edgar McCarrick (born July 7, 1930) is an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.
Early life and education
An only child, McCarrick was born in New York City to Theodore E. and Margaret T. (née McLaughlin) McCarrick. His father was a ship captain who died from tuberculosis when McCarrick was three years old, and his mother then worked at a car factory in the Bronx. As a child, McCarrick served as an altar boy at the Church of the Incarnation in Washington Heights.
After attending Fordham Preparatory School, he studied in Switzerland for a year before returning to the United States and attending Fordham University. McCarrick later entered St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, from where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in philosophy (1954) and a Master's in history (1958).
McCarrick was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Francis Spellman on May 31, 1958. From 1958 to 1963, he furthered his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., earning a Master's in social sciences and a doctorate in sociology. He then served as an assistant chaplain at the Catholic University, where he later became dean of students and director of development.
McCarrick served as President of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico from 1965 to 1969, and was raised to the rank of Domestic Prelate of His Holiness on November 10, 1965. Upon his return to the Archdiocese of New York, he served as both Adjunct Secretary for Education and associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church until 1971. During this time, he helped found the Cardinal's Committee for Education and the Inner City Scholarship Fund, which promotes the education of the poor, particularly among minorities.
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
|See||Washington, D.C. (emeritus)|
On May 24, 1977, McCarrick was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of New York and Titular Bishop of Rusibisir by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 29 from Cardinal Cooke, with Archbishop John Maguire and Bishop Patrick Ahern serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto: "Come Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).
Bishop of Metuchen
McCarrick was later named the founding Bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey, on November 19, 1981. He was installed at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral on January 31, 1982. During his tenure, McCarrick erected new parishes in Perth Amboy, Califon, Skillman, Old Bridge, and Three Bridges. He also oversaw the development of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Bishop's Annual Appeal, and ministries for blacks and Hispanics, pro-life activities, and the disabled.
Archbishop of Newark
On May 30, 1986, McCarrick was promoted to the fourth Archbishop of Newark. He succeeded Peter Leo Gerety, and was installed at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on the following July 25. During his tenure, he established the Office of Evangelization, ministries for Hispanics and victims of HIV, and a drug prevention program. He also promoted vocations, and ordained a total of 200 priests for the Archdiocese.
McCarrick became known as an advocate for social justice, once saying, "[T]he Church cannot be authentic unless it takes care of the poor, the newcomers, the needy". During the 1980s, he served as an official observer to the Helsinki Commission and the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, serving at the behest of the State Department. In 1988, he participated in an interfaith meeting with Fidel Castro to promote religious freedom in Cuba, the first meeting of its kind since the 1958 Communist revolution. McCarrick, as a representative of Irish immigrant families, was chosen to be placed in the Ellis Island Hall of Fame on December 8, 1990.
Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as chairman of the Committee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe from 1992 to 1997. In this capacity, he visited such countries as Yugoslavia, the Baltics, and Kazakhstan. He was twice elected to head the USCCB's Committee on Migration, and once asked the Congress "to recognize and support the important task of nurturing new citizens so that they may begin to play a full role in the future of this nation." He later became a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants.
He was elected chairman of the Bishops' Committee on International Policy in 1996. His other visits included Bosnia (which described as "reminiscent of the Holocaust"), China, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, and Switzerland. In 1995, he hosted Mother Teresa and later Pope John Paul II, who elevated the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart to the rank of a basilica during his visit by McCarrick's suggestion. Joined by Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, he announced an iniatiave in 1997 to assure that Catholic school uniforms in his Archdiocese would not be manufactured in sweatshops.
Archbishop of Washington
On 21 November 2000, John Paul II appointed McCarrick the fifth Archbishop of Washington. As archbishop, he served as the spiritual leader of over 580,000 Catholics in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Saint Mary's Counties in Maryland.
McCarrick is the Cardinal Priest of the Titulus Ss. Nerei et Achillei.[clarification needed] He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.
Retirement and Post-Episcopal Life
On 16 May 2006, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington, DC, upon the latter's reaching the customary age limit of 75, and appointed Donald Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh, as the 6th Archbishop of Washington, DC. From 16 May 2006, until Wuerl's installation one month later, on 22 June 2006, McCarrick served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Washington, an interim post.
McCarrick is an accomplished polyglot, credited by the Arlington Catholic Herald as being fluent in seven languages. Five are known to be English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The other two are not certain, but it is believed that they would be the church languages of Latin and Greek.
|Consecrated by:||Terence Cooke|
|Bishop||Date of consecration|
|John Mortimer Smith||January 25, 1988|
|James Thomas McHugh||January 25, 1988|
|Michael Angelo Saltarelli||July 30, 1990|
|Charles James McDonnell||March 12, 1994|
|João José Burke||May 25, 1995|
|Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio||October 31, 1996|
|Paul Gregory Bootkoski||September 5, 1997|
|Vincent DePaul Breen||September 8, 1997|
|Arthur Joseph Serratelli||September 8, 2000|
|Francisco González Valer||February 11, 2002|
|Kevin Joseph Farrell||February 11, 2002|
|Martin David Holley||July 2, 2004|
- "MCCARRICK, Theodore Edgar". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church.
- Goodstein, Laurie (2000-11-22). "Newark Prelate to Head Washington Archdiocese". The New York Times.
- Becker, Elizabeth (2001-03-05). "PUBLIC LIVES; An American Cardinal Who Works to Help the World". The New York Times.
- "Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Ph.D., D.D.". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
- "The Coat of Arms of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
- "History". Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.
- "Most Reverend Theodore E. McCarrick, Ph.D., D.D.". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
- "Archdiocese of Newark Sweatshop Initiative". The Catholic-Labor Network.
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- Biography from the Washington Archdiocese website.
- Catholic-Hierarchy.net statistics
- Retiring Archbishop Gives Farewell Homily Washingtonpost.com, June 19, 2006, by Candace Rondeaux.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Metuchen
November 19, 1981 – May 30, 1986
Edward Thomas Hughes
Peter Leo Gerety
|Archbishop of Newark
May 30, 1986 – November 21, 2000
John Joseph Myers
Lawrence Burke, S.J.
|Ecclesiastical Superior of Turks and Caicos
October 17, 1998 – November 21, 2000
John Joseph Myers
|Archbishop of Washington
November 21, 2000 – May 16, 2006