Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Global Vatican: An Inside Look at the Catholic Church, World Politics, and the Extraordinary Relationship between the United States and the Holy See

Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Global Vatican: An Inside Look at the Catholic Church, World Politics, and the Extraordinary Relationship between the United States and the Holy See

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The Global Vatican: An Inside Look at the Catholic Church, World Politics, and the Extraordinary Relationship between the United States and the Holy See. By Francis Rooney. Foreword by Ambassador John Negroponte. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. Pp. xx + 291. $27.95.

This volume by Rooney, former US Ambassador to the Holy See provides an inside look at the Catholic Church, its role in world politics and diplomacy, and the extraordinary relationship between the United States and the Holy See that existed from the very foundation of the American Republic until 2008 when R. was replaced as Ambassador. Well written and readable, the book provides a solid updated bibliography, enriched by a wide range of interviews that include high-level Vatican officials and church observers. Moreover, thanks to a well-designed structure, R. accomplishes the goal of appealing to both a general audience and experts in the field.

Part I surveys the history of US-Vatican relations from the end of the 18th century. Through a fascinating analysis of the main phases of alliance and conflict between the United States and the Holy See, R. examines the ups and downs of a long process of mutual understanding and recognition. From the appointment of the first American Catholic bishop until the "symmetry of goals and actions" (142) between President Reagan and Pope John Paul II, R. …

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