Aug 1, 2008
Book written by: Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. New Haven: Yale
This book is the biography of Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley who was the Bishop of St. Augustine, Florida and the first American to become an ambassador for the Vatican. Before he was appointed bishop of St. Augustine, Hurley worked in the diplomatic corps of the Holy See. He first worked in India with the Apostolic Delegate, Edward Mooney, there and then moved with him to Japan to be the Apostolic Delegate there. While in Japan, Mooney, was appointed bishop of Rochester, New York – leaving Hurley in charge of the Vatican embassy during the interim. Hurley served so well that he was brought to Rome to serve in one of the sections of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State during the 1930s when Pius XI was Pope. Hurley became a close friend and translator for Pius XI - they also held similar views about the Nazis and Fascists.