Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Reflects on the Conclave

7:29 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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VATICAN CITY (WUSA9) --Back in 2005 Theodore Cardinal McCarrick was in the Sistine Chapel voting for the man to succeed Pope John Paul II. 

Cardinal McCarrick, who is 82, is not allowed to vote in this Conclave to replace Pope Benedict. Church rules say cardinals who are over 80 are not eligible to vote.  So once the Conclave begins on Tuesday, McCarrick plays a supporting role.

Asked by WUSA9'S Bruce Johnson who he would like to see be the next Pope, McCarrick laughs and adds whoever it is, once the decision is announced, he will say that was his choice.

McCarrick is still incredibly popular here in Rome and back in Washington. Since retiring as Washington Archbishop in 2006, McCarrick has continued to travel the world advocating on behalf of human rights and religious freedom.

McCarrick told CBS News, the church will now be looking for a new pope with a combination of the qualities it liked in the last two.

"I think they'll be looking for someone who would have some of the wisdom of Pope Benedict and some of the charisma of Pope John Paul the second," said Cardinal McCarrick.


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