Commentary: A bright light went out with Hannan's death

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Posted on October 4, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 4 at 7:05 PM

Tonight, in a special edition of Clancy’s Commentary, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos pays tribute to the late Archbishop Philip Hannan.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana lost a bright light with the passing former Archbishop Philip Hannan. An iconic figure across south Louisiana, Hannan led an extraordinary life.

In World War II, he parachuted into enemy territory with the 82nd Airborne. After the war, he became auxiliary bishop of Washington, where he was a confidant and confessor to the Kennedy Family.

He came to New Orleans right after Hurricane Betsy and rebuilt the archdiocese physically as well as spiritually. Under Hannan, the archdiocese launched dozens of social outreach programs. His most enduring legacy may well be the help he provided to the needy and underprivileged.

Hannan’s influence extended far beyond the pulpit. He was an avid Saints fan. He had a great sense of humor, but he also was known to speak his mind on political and social issues — although he always made it clear he was speaking for himself, not the Church.

Hannan retired in 1988 after 23 years as archbishop, but he remained a strong spiritual and moral presence to countless Catholics. At the age of 98, Philip Hannan was called home. His was a life well lived, a church well served, a flock well tended. He is already missed.

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