American cardinal with the Catholic Church who was the Archbishop of Denver from 1986 to 1996.
He wanted to pursue a career in medicine until the death of a close friend caused him to reconsider and join a seminary.
He served as Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary from 2003 to 2009.
His father owned a furniture store in Baltimore.
He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 1998.