- The Washington Times - Friday, June 10, 2005

Edward McCarthy, 87, retired archbishop

MIAMI (AP) — Retired Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy, who was host of a summit meeting with Pope John Paul II and President Reagan in 1987, died in his sleep June 7, the Archdiocese of Miami said. He was 87.

Archbishop McCarthy led the archdiocese for 17 years.

He was credited with beefing up charities to deal with waves of immigrants during his tenure from 1977 to 1994.

In 1986, he created Catholic Health Services, which builds and manages low-cost apartments and health care facilities for the elderly. He also created a radio station in 1993 that provides Catholic programming in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole to south Floridians.

But most recently, Archbishop McCarthy was accused of covering up clergy abuse that generated a handful of lawsuits against the archdiocese.

Before being named archbishop, he was bishop of Phoenix and Cincinnati. He was born in Cincinnati and was ordained there in 1943.

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