Wilton Cardinal Gregory is the seventh Archbishop of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.) and the first African American Cardinal in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Gregory has served in many leading roles in the Catholic Church including as President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2001-2004, where he led the church’s response to its clergy sex abuse crisis, presiding over the adoption of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” The Charter is a binding national policy of zero-tolerance in addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention of future acts of abuse.
Cardinal Gregory is a leading voice in the Catholic Church for racial and social justice, immigration reform, ecumenical and interreligious affairs, and numerous life issues that challenge our unity in our shared humanity and ability to treat each other with dignity and respect.
Cardinal Gregory currently serves as a Member of The Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and on the Board of Trustees for the Papal Foundation. Additionally, he is the Catholic Co-Chair of the National Council of Synagogues Consultation for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Cardinal Gregory is Chancellor of The Catholic University of America and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.