Cardinal McCarrick ready to retire but always open to God’s call

.- Theodore Cardinal McCarrick is looking forward to his retirement but says he would continue to serve as archbishop of Washington if the Pope asks him to do so. After 28 years as bishop, Cardinal McCarrick will submit his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI on his 75th birthday next month, July 7, in accordance with canon law.

Cardinal McCarrick has served as a bishop in New York, Metuchen, Newark, and Washington. Reflecting on his ministry, the cardinal told the Washington Times the he hopes he has been able to leave a “legacy of kindness.”

He told the newspaper that every priest and bishop “needs to be kind.”

“If I try to be kind, that's the most important thing,” he said. “Get the bad people made good, get the good people made better. That’s my legacy."

He also said he is especially proud of his 12 “sons”, priests that he had ordained as bishops.

Despite his resignation, it is possible that Pope Benedict will extend the cardinal’s term, depending on whether a successor is ready in the wings.

"If he wants me to continue, I'm open to that, too," the cardinal said about the Pope. "Whatever. I'm easy, I really am. I learned years ago you always do what the Lord tells you to do. Whatever the Lord tells me through the Holy Father, I am open to whatever he wants."

The cardinal feels that he has enough energy to continue to serve, but he told the Times that he would also like retirement to “get myself ready to go home” to the Father.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors

Liturgical Calendar

July 22, 2014

Saint Mary Magdalene

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-43


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Mic 7: 14-15, 18-20

Saint of the Day

St. Mary Magdalene »


Homily of the Day

Mt 12:38-42


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: