Hanna, Edward

Hanna, Edward (Joseph)

(1860–1944) Catholic prelate; born in Rochester, N.Y. After studies and ordination in Rome and teaching posts in classics and theology, he was named auxiliary bishop (1912) and then bishop (1915) of San Francisco, also serving (from 1917) as a spokesman for the Catholic War Council and (from 1919) as a leader of its successor, the National Catholic Welfare Council (later Conference). A progressive attacked by some Catholics for "Americanism," he stressed interfaith cooperation and helped settle a major longshoreman's strike (1934). In 1935 he retired and moved to Rome.
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