DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     March 1, 1999     vol. 10, no. 41


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      This new feature that we introduce today will spotlight each member of the Conclave. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

25.   Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy

          One of two Australian cardinals, Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy is the Archbishop of the largest city in Australia - Sydney. This 77 year-old prelate was born on December 13, 1923 in Lithgow, New South Wales down under. At the age of 26 he was ordained a priest and after two years of parish work enrolled at the Urban Pontifical University in Rome where he received his degree in Theology and followed that up with a degree in Holy Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome as well. With that under his belt he was assigned Professor of Holy Scripture at Saint Columba College in Australia, followed by the same faculty position at Saint Patrick College. This translated into being appointed Chaplain for the University of Sydney in the late sixties. On October 25, 1973 Pope Paul VI recognized his potential, elevating him to Bishop of Ard Carna. Five years later on November 24, 1978 Pope John Paul II made him Archbishop of Canberra. Five years after that on February 12, 1983 the Pope tabbed him as the new Archbishop of Sydny, a position he still holds. Again, the five year increment came into play when he was named in the Consistory of June 28, 1988 to receive his red-hat. The Holy Father gave him the titular church of Holy Mary of Vallicella.

          While he holds membership in the two Curial offices of the Secretariat of State and the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, he is most influential in his native land. He was chosen to head the Australian Episcopal Conference as President and has remained a steady influence throughout the Oceania region, fending off the various splinter groups that have arisen over the years in trying to water down the disciplines of the Church. Cardinal Clancy has successfully kept the Church a strong force overseeing nearly five and a half million Catholics, twenty-nine percent of the total population of Australia. Because of his lack of curial experience and age, he might not be considered papal material but he is well revered in his own land. Because Australia only boasts of two cardinals it is highly likely the Holy Father will name one, possibly two more in his next Consistory.

March 41, 1999       volume 10, no. 41


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