In a new episode, CMSOnAir features His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington. Ordained in 1958, Cardinal McCarrick was made monsignor by Pope Paul VI in 1965 and named Auxiliary Bishop of New York in 1977. He was appointed the first Bishop of Metuchen by Pope John Paul II in 1981 and then named the fourth Archbishop of Newark in 1986. On February 21, 2001, Cardinal McCarrick was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul just seven weeks after being installed as the Archbishop of Washington.
Throughout his esteemed career, Cardinal McCarrick has emphasized education, vocations and meeting the needs of new immigrants, particularly in the Latino community. In 1986 and again in 1992, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops elected then-Archbishop McCarrick to head its Committee on Migration. In 1992, he also was named to head the Committee for Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe; in 1996, as chair of the Committee on International Policy; and in 2001, as Chairman of the Domestic Policy Committee. In addition, Cardinal McCarrick is a member of the Board of Catholic Relief Services.
He also 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, Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See.
During his five years as Archbishop of Washington, he oversaw the start of a multi-cultural and social service center in Wheaton, Maryland; the establishment of a Lay Leadership Institute in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, with a special focus on the Hispanic community; and the reorganization of four of the Archdiocese’s social service agencies into one organization, Catholic Community Services, which serves over 120,000 people each year. He also served as chancellor of The Catholic University of America and president of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Among his many honors, Cardinal McCarrick was presented the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by President Bill Clinton in December 2000.
In this interview with Kevin Appleby, CMS’s Senior Director of International Migration Policy, Cardinal McCarrick discusses international responses to crises, the vital contributions offered by migrants and refugees, and the importance of dialogue as a tool for peace. Now retired, Cardinal McCarrick also reflects on his career and the legacy he hopes to leave behind.