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

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

by Society of Jesus New England, Charles R. Gallagher

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Vatican Secret Diplomacy: Joseph P. Hurley and Pope Pius XII by Society of Jesus New England, Charles R. Gallagher

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Drawing on Hurley's unpublished archives, the book documents critical debates in Pope Pius's Vatican, secret U.S.-Vatican dealings, the influence of Detroit's flamboyant anti-Semitic priest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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300121346
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/10/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
A Priest in the Family     8
Diplomatic Observer: India and Japan, 1927-1934     29
Silencing Charlie: The Rev. Charles E. Coughlin and the Vatican     49
An American Monsignor in Mussolini's Italy     71
"Spies Everywhere": Hurley at Vatican City, 1940     93
An American Bishop in President Roosevelt's Court     109
Propagandist in Black: Hurley and the U.S. Department of State     131
A Parallel Endeavor against Communism: The United States and the Vatican in Tito's Yugoslavia     154
Betrayal in the Balkans: The Stepinac Case     176
Standing Alone between Church and State: Hurley and American Anticommunism     196
Last Years, Final Struggles     213
Notes     229
Index     275

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