Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Marcus Loane Dies

Sir Marcus Loane, former Archbishop of Sydney and primate of Australia - and the first Australian-born Archbishop - has died at the age of 97.

Peter Jensen has released this statement:

“We mourn the passing of Sir Marcus but give thanks for the life of a remarkable leader who served both church and nation.

As the first Australian Archbishop of Sydney and as Primate he was a formative leader in our church.

In national life, he offered leadership which transcended politics. In particular he spoke up for the poor and helped spark the Henderson enquiry of the early 1970s.

He offered distinguished service with our troops in New Guinea during World War II.

He was a prolific author with an international influence and ministry.

But he will be remembered most as one of the key architects of post-war Anglicanism in Sydney.”

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