Barrett McGurn

Barrett McGurn lived eighteen years in Rome first as a New York Herald Tribune correspondent, then as the press attaché of the United States Embassy. He was media spokesman for the Supreme Court of the United States from 1973 to 1982 and after that a free lance writer and lecturer. He passed away in 2010.

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The Twilight of Socialism

Pope John Paul II’s attitude toward Socialism should be seen in the context of the Poland and Italy he has known since World War II. As a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune from the middle 1940’s into the early 1960’s I had occasion to observe much of that. In the months just … Read more

A Retrospect

Looking back a generation or so to the time when I wrote “A Reporter Looks at the Vatican” (1962) and “A Reporter Looks at American Catholicism” (1967), I find some judgments modified. On balance I do not share the gloom which besets some in the American Catholic community. The Rome I portrayed in 1962 and … Read more

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