Cardinal Clancy, former Archbishop of Sydney, dies aged 90

Cardinal Clancy in 2005

The former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, has died at the age of 90, after years of ill-health. Cardinal Clancy passed away early yesterday at the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home at Randwick, reports AAP in The Australian.

Cardinal Clancy, who was Sydney's seventh Archbishop, had been receiving care at the Little Sisters for the past eight years. Bishop Peter Comensoli, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney, said the news caused 'great sadness.'

'He was a great churchman and a true leader with total dedication to his vocation,’ the Bishop said in a statement. 'Cardinal Clancy made many contributions to the Australian Church and especially here in Sydney during a lifetime of service.'

Cardinal Clancy was born in December 1923 at Lithgow, to schoolteacher John Bede Clancy and Ellen Lucy Edwards.

He was ordained as a priest in July 1949 by Cardinal Norman Gilroy after beginning his religious studies at 16.

Former Archbishop of Melbourne George Pell, now a senior Vatican official, succeeded Cardinal Clancy as the head of the Sydney Church upon his retirement in March 2001.

Fr Brian Lucas, Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, served under Cardinal Clancy as the Secretary of the Sydney Archdiocese from 1990 to 2001. Cardinal Clancy’s death was obviously a great sadness, Fr Lucas said, but it was also a 'blessed relief' following many years of suffering.

Read full article: Former Sydney archbishop Edward Clancy dead at 90 (AAP/The Australian)

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