Archbishop Wuerl of Washington DC has not yet been named a Cardinal of the Roman Church. However, he has been permitted to enter the papal conclave. In 1978, Wuerl was present at the conclave that elected Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II.
He served as secretary to John Cardinal Wright who was confined to a wheelchair with severe arthritis. As Wright's secretary and attendant, he was allowed to enter the conclave.