Cardinalate who was made the Archbishop of Washington in 2006 who previously served as Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and the Bishop of Pittsburgh.
He served as Cardinal John Wright's full-time secretary in Vatican City from 1969 to 1979.
Unlike many priests, he has been a strong advocate within the Catholic hierarchy for confronting sexual abuse more directly.
He has two brothers and a sister.
He was elevated to the status of Cardinalate by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.