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WASHINGTON (RNS) When Pope Francis needs a savvy back channel operator, he often turns to retired Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. “Why don’t you ask McCarrick to go?” the cardinal says of the Vatican’s thinking. “He’s usually willing to do these crazy things.”


  1. Thank you very much for this article – the Cardinal is my Great Uncle, and volumes could be written about his travels on God’s earth… I am a better human, and a better teacher, having been around Uncle Ted

  2. Linda Johnson

    Enjoyed the article very impressed by the Cardinal. Please ask him to pray for me. My name is Linda Johnson and I am not catholic, however he seems to have a good relationship with God and I hope he can ask God to help me as I try to raise my grandson and another child. I am 70 in good health but facing challenges on a daily basis with the care these children require. Please ask him to mention me to God when he prays. Thanks

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