Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick

CSIS Counselor

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, was named a CSIS counselor in March 2007. Cardinal McCarrick was born in New York City in 1930. He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Francis Spellman in 1958 and earned a Ph.D. 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. In 1969, he returned to New York to serve first as associate secretary for education and then as Cardinal Terence Cooke’s secretary. Named an auxiliary bishop of New York in 1977, he served as vicar of East Manhattan and the Harlems. In 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him the first bishop of Metuchen, a newly established diocese in New Jersey, and in 1986, he was named archbishop of Newark. In January 2001, he 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 is past chair of the U.S. 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. He has been chancellor of the Catholic University of America and chairman of the board of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He serves on the board of Catholic Relief Services. 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. He was one of 15 U.S. bishops elected to serve as a member of the 1997 Synod for America and of the Post-Synodal Council. He is a founding member of the Papal Foundation and has served as its president since 1997. Cardinal McCarrick has visited many nations as a human rights advocate, and in 1996, then-Archbishop McCarrick was invited to serve on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. In 1998, he was one of three American clerics invited to China to discuss religious freedoms in that country. From 1999 to 2001, he was a member of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom. In 2000, he 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. In April 2005, Cardinal McCarrick was one of 115 cardinals who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI as the successor to Pope John Paul II. Cardinal McCarrick speaks five languages: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.