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McCARRICK Card. Theodore Edgar



Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick, Archbishop emeritus of Washington, USA, was born on 7 July 1930 in New York City, USA. He was ordained on 31 May 1958 for the Archdiocese of New York and holds a doctorate in sociology from the Catholic University of America, Washington.

He was dean of students and director of development at the Catholic University of America, and later served as president of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce (1965-69). He was recalled to New York in 1969 and appointed associate secretary for education and personal secretary to Cardinal Terence Cooke.

On 24 May 1977 he was appointed titular Bishop of Rusubisir and Auxiliary of New York, receiving episcopal ordination on 29 June. On 19 November 1981 he was named the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Metuchen and on 30 May 1986 was promoted to Archbishop of Newark. His appointment as Archbishop of Washington was announced on 21 November 2000.

Archbishop emeritus of Washington, 16 May 2006.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of Santi Nereo e Achilleo (Sts. Nereus and Achilleus).


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