by John Gavin Nolan
Characteristically, Monsignor Barry-Doyle refused to take any blame. Cardinal Doughertys reason for closing the office, the monsignor wrote to Bishop Calavassy, was based ostensibly on a policy of not allowing an organization not strictly archdiocesan to have an office or headquarters in the archdiocese of Philadelphia. However, the monsignor maintained that behind this, human weaknesses prevailed. Cardinal Dougherty was not at all kind in his remarks about Orientals, Monsignor Barry-Doyle reported, adding that the cardinal had denied any knowledge of the Greek representative or his mission. Only that I know he forgets many things I should say he was not truthful, Monsignor Barry-Doyle commented, and then went on to speculate that the real reason for the ouster was found in Cardinal Doughertys dislike for William Cardinal OConnell of Boston, who had been so friendly to CNEWA. There is a very dreadful spirit here amongst the Cardinals to each other, he observed.31 He further noted that the chairman of CNEWAs Board, Bishop Michael J. Hoban, also attributed the closing to Cardinal Doughertys dislike of Cardinal OConnell32 and, himself little enamored of Cardinal Dougherty,33 Bishop Hoban suggested that CNEWAs headquarters be transferred to his see city of Scranton. Monsignor Barry-Doyle declined on grounds that a more central location was needed,34 and at this point Joseph Moore asked Cardinal Hayes for permission to open a small office in Manhattan.35 Cardinal Hayes answer, in the affirmative, at first seems hard to comprehend.
To Monsignor Barry-Doyle, however, it was the result of prayer - God working through the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux. Bishop Hobans intercession was also useful, however, for in reporting the change of address to Bishop Papadopoulos, Monsignor Barry-Doyle observed:
It is significant for us that Bishop Hoban is a personal friend of Cardinal Hayes. The Bishop desires me to suggest that you ask Cardinal Tacci to send without delay a letter of thanks to Cardinal Hayes for so graciously granting a location in New York for CNEWA.36
Father Paul was delighted with the transfer and he assured Bishop Calavassy that there is no place equal to New York for the purpose, and we are very happy about it.37