St Finbar's Glenbrook Parish

Former Sydney Archbishop Edward Clancy dies


Former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, has died at the age of 90.

By Kerry Myers

Edward "Ted" Clancy was unarguably a true and faithful son of the church.

He was also respected, reserved, pastoral, trusted and trustworthy, disciplined, hard-working, focused and, in private, a dry-witted and charming man, regarded by many as one of the great archbishops of Sydney.

It was Clancy's support, especially in Rome, that resulted in the eventual canonisation of Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop.

Edward Bede Clancy, who died early on Sunday at the age of 90, served as archbishop between 1983 and 2001, years that saw the church in Sydney undergo great change.

Clancy's legacy will only be truly appreciated in years to come, says Monsignor Tony Doherty, who agrees his friend should be considered one of the "great" archbishops of Sydney.

Read Kerry Myer's full report at the SMH website

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