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Quote:Dec. 11 Mass in Peoria, Ill., marked the official conclusion of an investigative tribunal into an alleged miracle that many attribute to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Since Sept. 7, the tribunal has looked into the alleged miraculous healing of James Fulton Engstrom – a one-year-old born without a pulse last year – whose parents credit his survival to the late archbishop.

The Mass, open to members of the public, was held at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, where Archbishop Sheen was as an altar server when he as a boy.

Official tribunal documents were sealed at the Mass by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria and Monsignor Stanley Deptula. Msgr. Deptula is the executive director of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation, which is the official promoter of the archbishop’s cause for sainthood.

The documents will now be shipped to the Vatican for consideration.

If the alleged miracle is approved by the pope, U.S. Catholics could witness the first ever beatification on American soil in the Diocese of Peoria, said the foundation.

On Sept. 16, 2010, Bonnie Engstrom and her husband Travis prayed fervently to Archbishop Sheen after she delivered a stillborn son. The baby, whom they named James Fulton after the archbishop, had no pulse for 61 minutes after he was born.

As doctors prepared to declare the time of death, however, his heart started beating. Although the physicians predicted serious medical problems, James Fulton is now a happy, healthy one-year-old.

In addition to serving as an auxiliary bishop of New York and bishop of Rochester, Archbishop Sheen was best known for his weekly radio broadcast, “The Catholic Hour,” and his later weekly television program, “Life is Worth Living.”

The archbishop died in 1979 and his cause for sainthood was opened in 2002.

A second approved miracle will be necessary before Archbishop Sheen – currently called a Servant of God – can be declared a saint.
'bout time!  :clap:
Heaven knows he deserves it! I hope that he does become a Saint!
First, if he's a Saint, he's already a Saint. The Catholic Church doesn't make Saints. It merely recognizes them.

Second, let not sentimentality blind us to the fact that the case for his Sainthood isn't so clear. See:

Along with:

Archbishop Fulton Sheen: A Tale of Before and After

Second Sunday of June 2011: Pentecost Sunday

Recently CNA/ETWN published an article titled: “Advocates press Archbishop Sheen sainthood cause at Vatican” wherein it is stated that the first stage of preparation for his beatification is steadily under way.

Americans have a great affinity for Fulton Sheen who during the 1950’s brought the Catholic Faith into living rooms across the country through the medium of television. His natural charisma and style of speaking was loved and admired by nearly all―even more so appreciated by Catholics was the fact that his show, Life is Worth Living, actually trumped the ratings of other popular secular TV shows in a highly competitive evening time slot.

Unfortunately, Bishop Sheen’s orthodox thought of that era (1952-1957) was somehow warped during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), causing him to accept and endorse Modernist errors. How this successful indoctrination of such an intellectual prelate occurred is not precisely known, but we are aware of its ending results: upon returning from Rome to his Rochester, New York diocese, Sheen sought to be the first and foremost American prelate to implement the Council.

Amongst his first ecumenical forays was speaking in a Jewish synagogue, an event that occurred in 1967, when such an act was still considered radical. That year also witnessed Bishop Sheen informing an audience of Protestant and Jewish leaders that “we have the same God and we are His people” and acting as the main speaker during Rochester’s Ecumenical Day of Prayer for Christian Unity―essentially an Assisi Meeting.

Future statements would include “we don’t bring Christ to the pagans, we bring Christ out of the pagans” (echoing Karl Rahner’s “anonymous Christian” hypothesis), calling the Hindu Gandhi “a great religious leader”, and supportive words for the arch-Modernist Teilhard de Chardin.

Bishop Sheen’s attitude about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass also underwent revision, and he became an ardent supporter of the New Mass. Thus ignoring the conclusions of the Ottaviani Intervention, he once said in defense of the revolutionary new rite: “The changes made by Pope Paul VI were not doctrinal changes, they merely changed from Latin to the vernacular.”

So what is the motivation behind this campaign for sainthood―the example of heroic virtue, his personal charism and talents, his popularity with Americans? Or is it simply the desire to canonize another “poster boy” for the Second Vatican Council? Within the article first cited, the author calls Sheen “a model of orthodoxy” while recalling his “televangelist” successes with American viewers―certainly that was true before the Council, but what about after when he made an about face?

While we are required to question the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen for the reasons above, nevertheless, we must continue to give him credit where it is due, particularly on the following points: He demonstrated to the public that it was possible to be Catholic and intelligent at the same time―a useful asset, particularly in the face of the rash behavior of many Catholics.

His influence undoubtedly contributed to the surge of converts the Catholic Church in the United States witnessed during the 1950s.

He maintained a firm stand against Communism, even when such a position made him unpopular with many, including fellow bishops.

He showed a unique grasp of the Catholic Faith based on the principles of St. Thomas Aquinas, and likewise exercised a special talent in explaining the faith to the “man in the pew”.

He gave us memorable quotes which are still applicable today, such as: “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they mistakenly believe to be the Catholic Church.”

His pre-conciliar works resonate with traditional thinking and serve as an effective remedy against the novelties of Vatican II as well as the errors of the modern mind. Click here for books available from Angelus Press. 

So we don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water. Thus we can proudly be Catholic with the pre-conciliar Bishop Sheen, who gives us the very reasons why we must refuse the novelties expressed by the later Bishop Sheen.

From mid-page here:

(12-24-2011, 09:48 PM)Jackson K. Eskew Wrote: [ -> ]First, if he's a Saint, he's already a Saint. The Catholic Church doesn't make Saints. It merely recognizes them.

Second, let not sentimentality blind us to the fact that the case for his Sainthood isn't so clear. See:
Uh Angelus Press has Fulton Sheen's books and audio. ???
(12-24-2011, 11:03 PM)Traditional Guy Wrote: [ -> ]Uh Angelus Press has Fulton Sheen's books and audio. ???

Yes. Read what I posted.
So will anyone bolt the Church if Fulton Sheen is canonized?
I do believe Fulton Sheen taught that people in other religions could be saved. That's heresy.
I could be wrong. You guys would probably know more about that than me.
(12-25-2011, 01:54 AM)Spencer Wrote: [ -> ]I do believe Fulton Sheen taught that people in other religions could be saved. That's heresy.
I could be wrong. You guys would probably know more about that than me.

Damn, Archbishop Lefebvre was a heretic too :( 

Quote:The doctrine of the Church also recognizes implicit baptism of desire. This consists in doing the will of God. God knows all men and He knows that amongst Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists and in the whole of humanity there are men of good will. They receive the grace of baptism without knowing it, but in an effective way. In this way they become part of the Church. The error consists in thinking that they are saved by their religion. They are saved in their religion but not by it. There is no Buddhist church in heaven, no Protestant church. This is perhaps hard to accept, but it is the truth. I did not found the Church, but rather Our Lord the Son of God. As priests we must state the truth. 

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