Cardinal Clancy called to his eternal home
His Eminence Edward Bede Cardinal Clancy AC, the seventh Archbishop of Sydney passed away peacefully in Sydney on 3rd August 2014.
Cardinal Clancy was aged 90 and for the past eight years has been cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor at Randwick.
The seventh Archbishop of Sydney from 1983 to 2001, he was born in Lithgow NSW and from a very early age said he wanted to be a priest.
He began his studies at age 16 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1949 before continuing his studies both in Australia and Rome. In 1974 he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney.
In November 1978 Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Clancy to the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn as Archbishop until he returned to become the seventh Archbishop of Sydney in 1983 until his retirement in 2001, when he was succeeded by the then Archbishop of Melbourne, George Pell who now holds a position in Rome.
Bishop Peter A Comensoli, Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said, "News of Cardinal Clancy's passing is received with great sadness. He was a great Churchman and a true leader with total dedication to his vocation. Cardinal Clancy made many contributions to the Australian Church and especially here in Sydney during a lifetime of service."
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference mourns the death of former Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy, who died on Sunday 3rd August at the age of 90 years.
Cardinal Clancy was President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference from 1986-2000. During his tenure, he launched the Bishops' Research Project on ‘The Participation of Women in the Catholic Church in Australia’ at the Press Club in Canberra on 21 August 1996.
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, said: “After a long illness, Cardinal Edward Clancy has returned to his true home. We remember him as a generous, disciplined leader who loved the Church, and was at home with ordinary people.”
“From 1983-2001, Cardinal Clancy led the Archdiocese of Sydney with distinction as a gifted pastor who undertook many projects including the completion of St Mary’s Cathedral.”
“Always a man of honesty and directness, he is remembered by bishops, priests and people for his unstinting generosity in the service of Church and community. I, and others, will remember his great personal kindness. May he rest in peace.”
Bishop of Wollongong, Peter Ingham, worked in the Sydney Archdiocesan Chancery under Cardinal Clancy for seven years until the Cardinal’s retirement.
“I remember a prayerful, dedicated, humble and hard working archbishop. A man of integrity, who was determined, even-handed, and who discharged his responsibilities conscientiously, in fact with an overwhelming sense of duty. Of course you were never in doubt who was in charge but he always took full responsibility for his actions.”
“The Cardinal had a refined sense of humour, and enjoyed playing tennis in earlier years, some golf and cycling in Centennial Park,” Bishop Ingham said.
“In the years of his tenure as Archbishop, Cardinal Clancy oversaw the formation of the Australian Catholic University on which he served as Chancellor, the closure of St Patrick's Seminary Manly to be re-established as the Seminary of The Good Shepherd at Homebush, and The Catholic Institute of Sydney, Strathfield,” Bishop Ingham added.
General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Fr Brian Lucas worked with Cardinal Clancy as the Sydney archdiocese secretary from 1990 to 2001.
“Cardinal Clancy will be remembered not only by decisions such as the creation of the dioceses of Broken Bay and Parramatta but for his strong leadership in the beatification and eventual canonisation of Mary MacKillop,” Fr Lucas said.
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Obituary - Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy
Cardinal Clancy Obit by Kerry Myers - AAP Journalist and former Editor of The Catholic Weekly.pdf (65 KB)
Information about Cardinal Clancy
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