Parallel Empires

Ebook $12.99

Jan 20, 2009 | 240 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Jan 20, 2009 | 240 Pages


Advance Praise for Parallel Empires
“Massimo Franco’s Parallel Empires fills a void in the history of the relations between the Vatican and the United States with an original, accurate, and well-informed book. He shows a deep understanding and knowledge not only of U.S. politics, but of the Vatican as well: a double competence which is a quite rare gift.” —Pio Cardinal Laghi, former Papal Nuncio to the United States

“Massimo Franco’s work, burnished by superb research (and unusual access to the Vatican Archives), exposes two centuries of mutual suspicion between a centuries-old moral superpower and a sovereign infant grown to superpower status. It is a must read for ‘Vaticanistas’ and those who track the ascent of the Catholic Church’s relevance in American affairs.” —R. James Nicholson, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

“As a former Ambassador to the Holy See, I consider Parallel Empires a fundamental tool for analyzing U.S.-Vatican relations. It is an intriguing and vivid fresco, depicting the ways Catholic culture was shaped by American society and how they’ve grown together.” —Francis Rooney, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

“With intelligence and intellectual curiosity Massimo Franco tells the history of relations between the Holy See and the United States of America. We must congratulate him for such a study. The reader will discover that if there have been points of friction, they have more often been over the means for achieving shared goals rather than the goals themselves.” —Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

“While the ‘big’ U.S. embassy in Rome throws better parties, it’s the ‘little’ embassy to the Holy See where all the action is taking place. Massimo Franco does a great job of getting inside and showing how relations work—and sometimes don’t.” —Greg Burke, Rome correspondent, Fox News

 “The Holy See and the United States exercise two very different kinds of influence on world affairs, but each in its own way has a real ability to shape human events. Parallel Empires is a wonderfully intriguing look behind the scenes at two hundred years of complex, sometimes positive and sometimes difficult Vatican-U.S. relations. For anyone interested in drilling down beneath the daily headlines of world diplomacy, this is a must read.” —Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

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