Bishop Fulton J. Sheen’s Suspension

An excellent article from Crisis Magazine on the “simmering debate” regarding the suspension of Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization:


“Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was one of the most dynamic preachers of the Catholic Faith in the twentieth century. Anyone familiar with his work in media knows the power of his influence and example. He was clearly one of the most notable products of the American Catholic revival that began in the 1920s, and the strength of his witness continues to impress today. His books remain eminently approachable, an astonishing achievement for one so gifted academically. Shining through his telegenic smile, one could sense the depth of his faith and his holiness.


The cause of Sheen’s canonization proceeded on its standard course for a long time. Introduced by local ordinaries, the faith of those touched by his example generated a spontaneous cult—the most fundamental ingredient for public recognition of sainthood in the Catholic Church. But devotion on earth must be coupled with testimony from heaven, a fact ascertained by the certification of a miracle by both medical and theological experts. Sheen seemed well on his way to the honors of the altar.”


….until the recent “unseemly tussle” between prelates, which has slowed down the cause. And yet, in our age of “fast track canonizations”  the author suggests, it might turn out to be a good thing after all.


“Bishop Sheen, I am convinced, will be canonized, but even in death he is still showing the Church of God how to keep that faith “once for all delivered to the saints.”


The full article is well worth the read.

Bl. Fulton J Sheen, pray for us




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