Edward Cardinal Cassidy RIP


Edward, Cardinal Cassidy passed away on 10 April 2021 after a distinguished life of service to religion and the International community.

As a photographer I met the Cardinal in 2006 at  the National Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander Catholic Assembly. It is an honour to share these images from that event.

 Edward Idris Cassidy AC (5 July 1924 – 10 April 2021) was an Australian Roman Catholic cardinal priest. He was the President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He headed the Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews. He was made a cardinal on 28 June 1991, and  spent most of his career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. (Source)

In a wonderful Aussie online tribute on the Facebook page of Archbishop Anthony Fisher one poster wrote:  RIP Cardinal Hopalong. He will forever be remembered in Woy Woy parish (Broken Bay Diocese) as he blessed the bells in the bell tower of our then new church years ago. He is remembered on a plaque attesting to that fact.

The Parramatta High old boy and broke the mould of the young seminarians of his era having divorced parents and no official Catholic education. 

Jordan Gratham produced a great interview with Edward Cassidy in 2017 which featured in Catholic Outlook

In 2004, he created controversy with his comment that Dominus Iesus, the conservative declaration issued by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) did not faithfully represent the Catholic Church's position on ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.

"If on judgement day the Lord asks [me] what [I] did, if nothing else, [I] can say that [I] signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrineof Justification."

 – Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, as reported in LutheranWorld Information (1999-10-29): “Joint Declaration” is a “peace document”