This is a sad report regarding Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Please pray for the process of his canonization to roll forward. His 100 year celebration of being ordained a priest will be September 20, 2019. The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois wants the remains to be sent from New York Diocese and New York for the past FIVE years has been stalling with very expensive appeals to the Lower Court to keep his body and thwart the process. WHY????
Sheen was an American bishop who became one of the most well-known Catholic evangelists of the twentieth century.
Sheen was born in 1895 in Illinois and ordained a priest in 1919 by the diocese of Peoria. He received nationwide fame after moving to New York and hosting a television show, “Life is Worth Living.”
His broadcast would reach up to thirty million viewers each week, with only forty percent of his audience being identified as Catholic.
Sheen died at age 84 in 1979 and is buried in the crypt in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. The New York Diocese has declared that it does not want to put forward the cause of Archbishop Sheen's canonization so Bishop Jenky of Peoria in 2002, initiated the canonization process on his behalf, which has been delayed over disputes about requests to return his body to the diocese of Peoria.
The archdiocese of New York is again appealing the lawsuit over Abp. Fulton J. Sheen's remains. This makes the fourth appeal filed by Cdl. Timothy Dolan, who is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to litigate the case against Joan Sheen Cunningham, niece and closest living relative to Sheen, with legal rights over his body.
Hundred of thousands of dollars over the past 5 years disputing this - seriously?? WHY?? Are we Catholic?? Are we not frugal with our money?? Are there no poor??
Well - I am going to speculate on this one. Some comments have been made that Archbishop Sheen was Catholic and the new thinking today is-- well --- let's say a bit less than Catholic. Therefore, the leaders do not want to put him forward as an example for us all. All True!! But I believe Rome has a play in this. I believe Cardinal Dolan is getting his prompts (and maybe his money) from the hierarchy in Rome for other reasons. WHAT ARE THEY?
THIS IS WHY --- There was no greater voice against Communism and Socialism than Bishop Sheen. Pope Francis and company are with the United Nations in trying to establish a one world government with a one world Church. Bishop Sheen, with his talks and writings, does not support this view - to say the least!
I believe with all this fuss and all this money - this has got to be the biggest stumbling block for "our leaders" in the Church. VERY VERY SAD!! But I believe this is the true reason. (It is also the reason we have not ever seen an explicit Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart as asked at Fatima)
Some say it is a tourist related reason - yeh, well why the hundreds of thousands already thrown out the window on this. Mrs. Cunningham, the niece of Bishop Sheen is 90 years old. This fight will soon end but I hope the Diocese of Peoria will be able to win with God's grace and the prayers and intercession of Bishop Sheen.
We know he is a saint but the canonization will help prod people to want to read his works again. They will discover him all over again and his Catholic mind and wit will soon win over the Catholic people (or more). No - his canonization will be detrimental to the "New Regime" and mindset of Rome.
Heaven help us and may all the angels and saints pray for us!
Mary - Help of Christians - pray for us.
Below are a couple of links to help you understand. I also encourage you to find the book "Communism and the Conscience of the West" by Monsignor Sheen. I will do an article on this book next to give you a glimpse of how this would be offensive to Pope Francis.
God bless and be sure to view the links below.