Thoughts on the Cancellation of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Canonization
As you have more than likely heard by now, Cardinal Dolan has cancelled Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization. At least for the time being.
Ultimately, what the entire squabble was over was the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois requested that the Archdiocese of New York release Archbishop Sheen’s remains to them. The Diocese of Peoria is where Archbishop Sheen is originally from and the diocese that is heading his cause. It makes sense why they would make such a request. In addition, they would need to examine his body to get first class relics for veneration.
Cardinal Dolan didn’t want to transfer Archbishop Sheen’s remains. He even talked to the Vatican and they didn’t want Archbishop Sheen’s remains to be moved. Why?
Because in America it would be taboo. Americans would find it weird.
This excuse is a cop out of the highest degree. When did the emotions of the United States get to rule the decisions of the Catholic Church?
Cardinal Dolan has made it very clear that he will do whatever he can to make himself popular in the eyes of the secular world. He has gone out of his way to squash any scent of Tradition. Holy Innocents in Manhattan is a thriving Latin Mass community that is out of debt and bringing in money. Yet, the parish is one of the few churches that is up for closure. Meanwhile, St. Francis, a parish that promotes openly homosexual pride Masses, and has been losing money for years, is perfectly okay and in the clear.
Cardinal Dolan goes out of his way to support anybody that is even close to homosexual. Now, while we are not allowed to condemn anyone because of their sin, it is a far different story to condone them and even congratulate them in it.
What is even more intriguing is the Vatican’s play in all of this. The Vatican has raced through Pope John Paul 2’s canonization, decreeing him a saint in only 8 years. The Vatican approved of Pope John XXIII’s canonization even though he only had one of the two required miracles. There is now talk that Pope Paul VI and Pope John I are in the works of being canonized with alleged “miracles”. There are many more cases of saints being rushed through without the required miracles.
Meanwhile, real saints like Pope Pius XII, Pope Pius XI, and Archbishop Sheen are stalled because “there is not enough evidence”. All the while the faithful have been sending evidence and petitioning for their causes.
Archbishop Sheen interceded in a miracle that was recently approved a few months ago by his cause. In this miracle, a stillborn baby who was not breathing for over an hour miraculously came back to life. This baby should have had massive health issues due to lack of oxygen to the brain for such an extended time. The child is completely healthy to this day.
Pope John Paul 2 once said to Archbishop Fulton Sheen:
You have written and spoken well of the Lord, Jesus. You are a loyal son of the Church.
Why then would his cause be completely derailed? They are opposing a “Sainted Pope”, an accusation that has been thrown at me for disagreeing with Pope John Paul II on the Luminous Mysteries.
It is clear to me that Archbishop Sheen’s cause has been completely thwarted because of exactly that quote. Archbishop Sheen fought valiantly for Christ and His Church, something that many in the Church leadership today, including Cardinal Dolan, refuse to do.
If you listen to Archbishop Sheen’s talks, he does not mince words and pronounces the Truth the way it needs to be spoken. The Truth does not change over time.
If you compared Archbishop Sheen’s teachings with most of the prelates of today, it would be evident that they are not following the same faith they appear to proclaim.
In the Post-Vatican 2 Church, if you have ever appeared to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and His Church, you are automatically black-listed. Meanwhile, those who have no problem dining with sinners are extolled as joyful witnesses to the “Spirit”.
The whole scenario smells of cheese. Rotten cheese.
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Hear, hear. Well said.
Interesting to note, too, that when Sheen had his TV show, the world respected Catholicism, and even my Protestant in-laws and their parents enjoyed watching him. There’s some evangelization for you!
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was my 4th grade class Catechism Instructor……Our class needed to watch his program which was scheduled at the same time Milton Berle better known as Uncle Milty was on…….We loved his instructions and the angels who erased the board he wrote on…….It was a time most non-Catholics tuned in and loved what he had to say regarding the Liturgy and what constituted the Great Schism that it created a curious atmosphere that many of them converted to Catholicism…….
Not to have this saintly disciple of Christ Canonized is the crime of the century……..Please add my name to the petition to have Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen canonized asap. Thank you.