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Vatican Secret Diplomacy: Joseph P. Hurley and Pope Pius XII

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In the corridors of the Vatican on the eve of World War II, American Catholic priest Joseph Patrick Hurley found himself in the midst of secret diplomatic dealings and intense debate. Hurley’s deeply felt American patriotism and fixed ideas about confronting Nazism directly led to a mighty clash with Pope Pius XII. It was 1939, the earliest days of Pius’s papacy, and controversy within the Vatican over policy toward Nazi Germany was already heated. This groundbreaking book is both a biography of Joseph Hurley, ...

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Overview

In the corridors of the Vatican on the eve of World War II, American Catholic priest Joseph Patrick Hurley found himself in the midst of secret diplomatic dealings and intense debate. Hurley’s deeply felt American patriotism and fixed ideas about confronting Nazism directly led to a mighty clash with Pope Pius XII. It was 1939, the earliest days of Pius’s papacy, and controversy within the Vatican over policy toward Nazi Germany was already heated. This groundbreaking book is both a biography of Joseph Hurley, the first American to achieve the rank of nuncio, or Vatican ambassador, and an insider’s view of the alleged silence of the pope on the Holocaust and Nazism.

Drawing on Hurley’s unpublished archives, the book documents critical debates in Pope Pius’s Vatican, secret U.S.-Vatican dealings, the influence of Detroit’s flamboyant anti-Semitic priest Charles E. Coughlin, and the controversial case of Croatia’s Cardinal Stepinac. The book also sheds light on the powerful connections between religion and politics in the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

James O'Toole
"Joseph P. Hurley, though a little-known figure, was at the center of many intriguing diplomatic episodes. Gallagher tells his story with gusto and makes worthwhile contributions to scholarship."—James O'Toole, Boston College
Roy Domenico
"Gallagher's research on the Father Coughlin controversy and the 'Stepinac Affair' is particularly interesting and rewarding."—Roy Domenico, University of Scranton
St. Augustine Record - Michael Gannon
"[This] volume deserves a special place on the shelf of American religious history."—Michael Gannon, St. Augustine Record
Journal of Cold War Studies - Beth A. Griech-Polelle
"[E]ngaging, well-written, and well researched . . . The story is fascinating, and Gallagher delivers a first-rate book."—Beth A. Griech-Polelle, Journal of Cold War Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300121346
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles R. Gallagher is currently engaged in theological studies at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the author of Cross and Crozier: A History of Catholicism in the Diocese of St. Augustine.

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Table of Contents

1 A Priest in the Family 8

2 Diplomatic Observer: India and Japan, 1927-1934 29

3 Silencing Charlie: The Rev. Charles E. Coughlin and the Vatican 49

4 An American Monsignor in Mussolini's Italy 71

5 "Spies Everywhere": Hurley at Vatican City, 1940 93

6 An American Bishop in President Roosevelt's Court 109

7 Propagandist in Black: Hurley and the U.S. Department of State 131

8 A Parallel Endeavor against Communism: The United States and the Vatican in Tito's Yugoslavia 154

9 Betrayal in the Balkans: The Stepinac Case 176

10 Standing Alone between Church and State: Hurley and American Anticommunism 196

11 Last Years, Final Struggles 213

Notes 229

Index 275

Illustrations follow page 108

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