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The life and work of Reginald John Delargey, Cardinal

- by Nicholas Reid

When Reginald John, Cardinal Delargey, died in 1979, he had been Bishop of Auckland in his own right for only four years, and metropolitan for only four-and-a-half. Yet he embodied the changing spirit of the Catholic Church in New Zealand more than any other churchman of his age.

Richly illustrated, this biography draws on numerous interviews and detailed archival research to present a rounded portrait of an articulate bishop and pastor who survived criticisms to grapple with the unique problems presented to the Church by a new age.