Theodore Cardinal McCarrick

Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York, Archdiocese of Washington D.C., Archdiocese of Newark, Diocese of Metuchen

Summary of Assignments: 

  • May 31, 1958: Ordained
  • 1958-1963: Student at Catholic University of America (Ph.D. in Sociology)
  • 1963-1965: Assistant Chaplain at Catholic University of America; Washington, D.C.
    • Became Dean of Students and Director of Development
  • 1965-1969: President of Catholic University of Puerto Rico; Ponce, Puerto Rico
    • Given title of Monsignor
  • 1969-1971: Associate Secretary of Education; NY
  • 1969-1971: Assistant Priest at Blessed Sacrament Parish; NY
  • 1971-1977: Secretary to Terence Cardinal Cooke
  • 1977: Appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of New York
    • Vicar of East Manhattan and the Harlems; NY
  • 1981-1986: Bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey
  • 1986-2001: Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey
  • January 2, 2001 – May 16, 2006: Archbishop of Washington
  • February 2001: Elevated to the College of Cardinals
  • June 28, 2001: Took possession of titular church Ss. Nereus and Achilleus; Rome, Italy
  • 2006-2017: Traveled and celebrated Mass in multiple countries
  • July 2018: Resigned from the College of Cardinals

McCarrick also served in the following capacities:

  • Chancellor of Catholic University of America; Washington, D.C.
  • President of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • President of the Papal Foundation
  • Board Member of Catholic Relief Services
  • Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
  • Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
  • Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples
  • Pontifical Council for Latin America
  • Administration of the Patrimony for the Holy See; Vatican


In June 2018, the New York Archdiocese announced that McCarrick was the subject of “credible and substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse of a teenage altar boy, occurring when McCarrick was a priest of the Archdiocese and Cardinal Cooke’s personal secretary in the 1970s. The sexual abuse was reported to law enforcement and the Vatican. McCarrick was suspended from public ministry pending canonical process. He denied the allegations. Church review found three previous allegations of sexual misconduct with adults in Newark and Metuchen, and settlements in two cases.

In July 2018, a second man alleged that McCarrick sexually abused him over a 20 year period, beginning in 1969 when he was 11-years-old.

On July 28, 2018, the Pope accepted McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals and ordered McCarrick to live a life of prayer and penance.

As of August 2018, McCarrick was known to be residing at a friary in Victoria, Kansas across the street from an elementary school.


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