Dr George Pell appointed Archbishop of Sydney
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell was last night named to succeed Cardinal Edward Clancy as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney.
The news was made public at 8:00 pm Sydney time with the release of an announcement by the Apostolic Nuncio in Canberra, Archbishop Francesco Canalini.
Cardinal Clancy's retirement has been expected since he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 more than two years ago.
The tribute on the Sydney Archdiocese's special commemorative website describes Cardinal Clancy says Cardinal Clancy "will be remembered as a competent administrator with the qualities need to confront major issues". He was responsible for the administrative rationalisation of the Archdiocese through the creation of the dioceses of Parramatta and Broken Bay.
It says: "Cardinal Clancy has the temperament of the dedicated academic, determined and persevering in pursuit of his objectives, firm on matters of principle, compassionate with those in difficulty, a clear thinker and eloquent speaker, incisive, with the ability to hear and assess an argument."
Dr Pell was ordained a priest for the Ballarat Diocese in 1966, has been a bishop since 1987, and Archbishop of Melbourne since 1996. He was born in Ballarat, Victoria, and studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Werribee and Propaganda Fide, Rome. He holds higher degrees in theology, education and church history. He was assistant priest in several parishes before taking up an appointment as Principal of the Ballarat Campus of the Institute of Catholic Education (now Australian Catholic University). He has was Rector of the diocesan seminary in Melbourne, and has held positions on numerous ecclesiastical bodies in both Australia and Rome (a full curriculum vitae is available on the Bishops' Conference website).
Archbishop Pell will hold a Press Conference in Sydney this afternoon.