Theodore Edgar Cardinal McCarrick Theodore Edgar Cardinal McCarrick
Function:
Archbishop of Washington, D.C., USA
Title:
Cardinal Priest of Santi Nereo e Achilleo
Birthdate:
Jul 07, 1930
Country:
USA
Elevated:
Feb 21, 2001
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English Washington's Cardinal to Serve Past 75
Sept 28, 2005
Some two months after Cardinal Theodore McCarrick submitted his resignation on his 75th birthday, as required by church law, the Vatican has issued this edict: Not so fast.

(Washington Post, September 6, 2005) WASHINGTON -- McCarrick will continue to serve as archbishop of Washington after Pope Benedict XVI turned down his resignation, the archdiocese announced Tuesday.

"I accept the Holy Father's decision with gratitude and confidence," McCarrick said in a statement.

The cardinal will likely serve another two years or so, said Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the archdiocese. During that time, McCarrick intends to continue the socially minded projects he's started over the years, such as reaching out to immigrant communities and offering tuition aid to low-income Washington residents, she said.

On Saturday, the archbishop will accompany a Vatican delegation to the Gulf states to survey hurricane damage.

"They can see what's needed and bring the pope's concerns," Gibbs said.

McCarrick was asked to join the delegation to heavily Catholic Louisiana because of his background in disaster relief, she said. In January, the cardinal visited Indonesia after the southeast Asian tsunami.

McCarrick was ordained as a priest 47 years ago and has been a bishop for 28 years. In 2001, he succeeded James A. Hickey as spiritual leader of the 500,000 Catholics in the District of Columbia and suburban Maryland.
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