Cardinal McCarrick on Pope Benedict XVI
April 19, 2005
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, spoke briefly from Rome this evening about the election of Pope Benedict XVI:
"With Catholics throughout the world, we rejoice at the election of Pope Benedict XVI. What an enormous privilege it was to be a part of his election. Since I've known Cardinal Ratzinger for many years, I was privileged to be able to greet an old friend as our new Holy Father.
"We can thank God for a brilliant theologian and a man who not only understands the theology of the Church, but lives and loves it, and will be a sure and faithful guide and shepherd for us all in the years ahead.
"I also thank all of the faithful who joined in prayer for the Cardinals during the conclave. Finally, we are grateful to the media for the great respect they have shown during this important time in the life of the Catholic Church."
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