He now speculates however, that it may soon be time to step down as shepherd of some 560,000 Catholics.
According to the Washington Post, he said recently, "I am getting the sense that this is going to happen soon."
In an interview
with the Post, Cardinal McCarrick, who came to the Archdiocese of
Washington from New Jersey in 2000 said that he feels at peace with the
chance to retire.
In May, the
archdiocese will ordain 12 new priests--the highest number since 1973
and it has successfully avoided major economic fallout from the recent
priestly sexual abuse scandal.
made headlines during the 2004 presidential election adding his voice
to the debate over reception of Communion by pro-abortion Catholic
politicians. McCarrick said that while “life issues are primary”, he
thought “confrontations at the altar” should be avoided.
“I'm afraid”, he
said, “there are a lot more people in the church who think that things
are black and white…No one can really read another person's conscience.
. . . I hope it is not cowardice, I hope it is prudence -- we must
always give people the benefit of the doubt."
Cardinal McCarrick told the Post that he plans to divide his time
between work with Catholic Charities, which he sits on the board of,
and the Papal Foundation, a charity he helped establish.
DC’s Cardinal Theodore McCarrick says that it could be time for him to
retire. In July, the 75-year old Cardinal submitted his resignation to
Pope Benedict XVI, as mandated by Church law, but was asked to remain
for the time being.