Edward Clancy (cardinal)
|Cardinal-Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney|
|Archdiocese||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney|
|Appointed||12 April 1983|
|Installed||27 April 1983|
|Term ended||26 March 2001|
|Predecessor||James Darcy Freeman|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Vallicella|
23 July 1949|
by Norman Thomas Gilroy
19 January 1974|
by James Darcy Freeman
28 June 1988|
by Pope John Paul II
|Birth name||Edward Bede Clancy|
13 December 1923|
Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia
3 August 2014 (aged 90)|
Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
|Motto||Fides mundum vincit ("Faith conquers the world")|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Edward Bede Clancy AC (13 December 1923 – 3 August 2014) was an Australian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal. He was the seventh Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney from 1983 to 2001. He was made Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Vallicella in 1988.
Early life and ordination
Clancy was born in Lithgow, New South Wales, on 13 December 1923. He said that he wanted to be a priest from an early age and pretended to celebrate his first Mass while still a child, to the amusement of his brother and sisters. After completing his studies at Marist Brothers College, Parramatta, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1949, on the same day as the future Australian cardinal Edward Cassidy.
Priest and bishop
In 1953 Clancy earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). Clancy continued his education, eventually earning his doctorate in theology in 1965. He then started as a teacher and later accepting the position of chaplain at the University of Sydney. He also served as the official spokesperson for the archdiocese at this time and became very well known on that basis.
On 19 January 1974, Clancy was consecrated titular Bishop of Árd Carna and Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney.
Archbishop and cardinal
On 24 November 1978, he was appointed Archbishop of Canberra (and Goulburn). In the little over four years that he was Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, Clancy was respected by the people of Canberra Goulburn as a very friendly and approachable archbishop who was also very supportive of his people and his priests. He had a great rapport with young people in the archdiocese.
On 12 February 1983 he was appointed Archbishop of Sydney and on 28 June 1988 he was elevated to Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Vallicella. He also continued his education career throughout this time, becoming the Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University in 1992.
Major work on St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney took place under his episcopacy. In 1999 a substantial new pipe organ was built by Orgues Létourneau Ltée of Montreal, Québec. In the year 2000 the spires of the cathedral were finally completed.
During his term as archbishop the neo-Gothic diocesan seminary of St Patrick's at Manly (founded by Cardinal Patrick Moran in 1889) was closed and the heritage listed building leased to an international hospitality school. A new seminary, the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, was opened in the inner-western Sydney suburb of Homebush.
Cardinal Clancy was a Fellow of Warrane College, UNSW.
His tenure was not without controversy because of allegations surrounding the abuse scandal within his diocese.
Retirement and death
Clancy retired as Archbishop of Sydney in 2001 and was succeeded by Archbishop George Pell. In the period from 21 October 2003 (when Pell was made cardinal) until Clancy's own 80th birthday on 13 December 2003, there were three Australian cardinal electors (had a papal conclave become necessary); Clancy, Pell and Edward Cassidy.
- "Edward Bede Clancy", Biography Resource Center Online. Gale Group, 2001.
- https://www.sydneycatholic.org/about/history/Clancy.shtml Accessed Dec. 2, 2014
- "Orgues Létourneau Limited – St. Mary's Cathedral – West Organ". Letourneauorgans.com. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- The Catholic Leader. "St Mary's Cathedral Finally Completed". The Catholic Leader. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
- Tony Abbott. "St Patrick's College, Manly, seminary becomes a hotel school!". Ad2000.com.au. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- "sgs.org.au". Sgs.org.au. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
- Kerry Myers. "A faithful son of the church: former Sydney Archbishop Edward Clancy dies". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
- Cardinal Clancy on Catholic hierarchy.org
- Cardinal Clancy on "What the Cardinals believe"
- Cardinal Clancy bio on the Sydney Archdiocesan website
|Catholic Church titles|
| Archbishop of Canberra–Goulburn
James Darcy Freeman
| Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney