Many will have already seen the following news:
A news release from the Diocese of Peoria Sept. 3, 2014.
It is with immense sadness that the Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria and President of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, announced today that the Cause for Sheen’s beatification and canonization has for the foreseeable future been suspended. The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of the Cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the coming year. The Holy See expected that the remains of Venerable Sheen would be moved to Peoria where official inspection would be made and first class relics be taken. Subsequently, the Archdiocese of New York denied Bishop Jenky’s request to move the body to Peoria. After further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen Cause would now have to be relegated to the Congregation’s historic archive.
Countless supporters especially from the local church in Central Illinois have given their time, treasure and talent for this good work with the clear understanding that the body of Venerable Sheen would return to the Diocese. Bishop Jenky was personally assured on several occasions by the Archdiocese of New York that the transfer of the body would take place at the appropriate time. New York’s change of mind took place as the work on behalf of the Cause had reached a significant stage.
Bishop Jenky is what is technically called the “actor” of the Sheen Cause. The Diocese of Peoria and the Sheen Foundation have prayed and labored for this good work for the last twelve years. The Bishop is heartbroken not only for his flock in Peoria but also for the many supporters of the Sheen Cause from throughout the world who have so generously supported Peoria’s efforts. It should be noted, however, that saints are always made by God not by man. Efforts for many causes have sometimes taken decades or even centuries. Bishop Jenky urges that those who support the Sheen Cause continue their prayers that God’s will be made manifest.
No further comment will be released at this time.
What? When I first saw this I thought surely there must be more to the story. What is the Archdiocese of New York’s side of it? Really this couldn’t just be this insane? If it is as it seems to be than this is a great moment in evangelization. The nightly talk show jokes pretty much write themselves. Well at least it isn’t as bad as the Cadaver Synod.
First off if the Archdiocese of New York thought it had primary claim of his body, then exactly why did they not start the cause in the first place. Oh hey let the Diocese of Peoria bear the costs and the investment of time and then have the body as an attraction to draw people.
Although certainly there is a much more charitable way to look at the situation instead of following the money. Then I was shocked when one of my readers sent me a copy of a letter reportedly from the late Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman. Cardinal Spellman was the Archbishop of New York when Archbishop Sheen was alive. I am providing you with the text of the letter and an image of the actual letter.
If in the off chance that Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen ever has a formal cause for sainthood, please sabotage it. That will fix him for not giving me the one million dollars raised for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and embarrassing me in front of the Pope.
When I said outside the Pope’s office “I will get even with you!” to Archbishop Sheen I wasn’t kidding. If you can please arrange this to happen just before any official Vatican action it would be greatly appreciated.
Wishing you a blessed year, I am
Very sincerely yours,
Archbishop of New York
Sad. I heard that C. Spellman intensely disliked F. Sheen.
Well guess what?? Sheen is obviously in Heaven now.
Wonder where Cardinal Spellman ended up?
Very interesting post Jeff and although I’ve seen a video or two of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen I can’t say that he’s a Saint or not but if I had to judge, I’ll be placing my bet on the line cause does The Bible not say somewhere that we were all made in The Image of GOD (Good Old Dad)?…
I hear YA! Butt Victor let’s get to The Crux of the Matter! Got YA! Wrong post Jeff!…lol
All reality nightly talk show jokes aside cause we all know that they pretty much write themselves…
Anyway! Not to get to far off topic, this reminds me of what I wrote somewhere in my first two blogs and here’s a sample below of what the last one looked like…
Somewhere in one of those blogs, I’m sure that I literally wrote about the time that I thought I was a “Saint”, no kitten, “I” mean no kidding, “I” think that it was in the late eighties and/or early nineties but the date doesn’t matter cause time is he hell, “I” mean irrelevant for “Saints”…
As “I” was about to say, back then our children had pets, “I” think they had a tiny pig, “I” mean a Ginny pig, a bird and a gold fish and let’s not forget the cat lick, “I” mean “The Cat”… Believe “IT” or not back then when no one was around, I would literally talk to them and on occasions, it almost evil, “I” mean even seemed that they could hear me cause they reacted in crazy ways…
Long story short, the reason that “I” taught that “I” might have been a “Saint” is because while sitting on the couch one day after having teased our children’s pets, I felt and/or imagined a Church host being set on my tongue by an invisible angel but “I” just ignored “IT” because back then “I” was going to church everyday… As I was later about to feed the fish, I decided that talking to that single fish was not enough so I put my hand in the bowl and started to bed him and/or her and the crazy thing is, the fish was not scared of me at all and let me stroke it and this went on for weeks. I later told anyone who would listen and I got remarks from a couple of our older girls saying stuff like: Dad, if YA start changing water into wine, I want to see that again tomorrow…
Longer story shorter, I even did that trick at one of my wife sister’s place and she had three or four fish and they also let me pet them. The weird thing about it was that a police officer friend of our family was sitting on the couch and not saying a word while I made my jokes… Years later, a day after our baby’s wedding, that sister asked my wife if I was still taking my pills. Don’t tell anyone but “IT” was an accident that the window got closed while my daughter’s pet pig was outside on the window sill. OK “I” also forgot that it was Winter and he/she froze to death. Sadly, it was found the next day and…and…………………………………………………………………………………………………….and………………………………………………………..and…
END YA SAY sinner vic? DON’T BE LIKE THAT! BE NICE NOW!
Go Figure folks!
God Bless Peace
Jeff is that letter for real? you have it listed under humor so I would guess not. Not even the worst bishop would talk like that, I hope.