Cardinal holds Mass at Kay

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of the Archdiocese of Washington celebrated Catholic Mass at the Kay Spiritual Life Center Sunday morning.

This was the first time in about 30 years a cardinal spoke on campus. McCarrick had originally planned to come to AU last winter, but postponed his visit because of a snowstorm, according to Associate Catholic Chaplain Karin Thornton.

McCarrick makes a point to address all churches in the archdiocese, which encompasses the District and five counties in Maryland,. "It's a real honor," Thornton said.

McCarrick talked about serving God, vocations in the Catholic Church and his admiration for Pope John Paul II, Thornton said.

"[The Pope is] a real trooper and mentally he's still really sharp," Thornton said.

Thornton and University Chaplain Joe Eldridge said that McCarrick was down-to-earth.

"I haven't talked to anyone who wasn't impressed with him because he was so human," Thornton said.

"He came across as not a cardinal, but as a pastor," Eldridge said.

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