Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is one of the world’s leading advocates for the poor and for human rights. In December 2000, President Bill Clinton presented him with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights because “Whether seeking justice for immigrants and refugees, aiding the homeless and the hungry, championing religious freedom, or advocating debt relief for developing countries, he has sought to loosen the bonds of fear, poverty, and oppression and to affirm human dignity where it is denied.” He has received other honors as well, including being named an Officer of the Order of the Cedars of Lebanon.
Cardinal McCarrick was born in New York City on July 7, 1930. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1958. He was appointed a Bishop in 1981, and installed as Archbishop of Newark in 1986. He served as Archbishop of Washington from January 2001 to May 2006. After more than four decades of services, on February 21, 2001, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals.
Cardinal McCarrick serves on the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services. For the Vatican he serves on the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
Cardinal McCarrick has traveled extensively—including to China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea, Rwanda, and Eastern Europe—as a human rights advocate and to survey humanitarian needs. In 1996, he served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. From 1999 to 2001, he served on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom.
He is past chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Policy, International Policy, and Migration.
-- Bio of Cardinal McCarrick as published in the 2006 Sol Kanee Program. To view the 2006 Sol Kanee Poster, click here.
The 2006 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice took place on Wednesday, October 25, 2006.
Cardinal McCarrick's lecture addressed the topic of "The Dignity of the Human Person"
The transcript of the lecture can be found here: 2006 Sol Kanee lecture transcript