It was announced on November 18th that the famous American Catholic Televangelist Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was going to be beatified on December 21st. As a Catholic central Illinoisan, I felt a great joy swell up in my heart that I tried to get tickets to attend the Beatification mass.
Sadly, at the beginning of December, it was then made known that the beatification had been postponed by the Vatican at the request of some bishops of the USCCB. The anonymity created an uproar that later it was announced that it was the Bishop of Rochester Matano that halted the process of the beatification. Furthermore, it was rumored that Catholic Americal Cardinals Dolan and Cupuch were behind the stall of Sheen’s Beatification–their offices would not take questions for comment.
Naturally, this prompted renegade Catholic journalist George Neumaur, who has been barred from entry at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., to find Dolan and personally ask him why he prevented Fulton Sheen’s canonization. Cardinal Dolan responded, “I didn’t.”
My encounter with Cardinal Dolan this morning: https://t.co/2ww0I5A2pV
— George Neumayr (@george_neumayr) December 8, 2019
It’s up to the viewer to decide whether Cardinal Dolan was being truthful or not. However, the Diocese of Peoria responded to the postponement with an op-ed article accusing the Diocese of Rochester from sabotaging the Beatification with a false worry of New York State’s Attorney of naming sheen in a matter related to an abusive priest being put into active ministry by Fulton Sheen. The claim has been discredited and vetted by the courts, Peoria, and the Vatican.
The postponement now seems to be a full termination of the canonization of Fulton Sheen under the Pontificate of Pope Francis. A result of a disagreement between different factions within the American Catholic Church and maybe in Rome too.
In the planning of the Beatification of Fulton Sheen, the weekend was supposed to have on that Friday adoration of the Blessed Sacrament–a Holy Hour–and a talk from Bishop Robert Barron, who all been but silent on the postponement.
The Fulton Sheen Foundation appears to have all but disappeared.
I called the Peoria chancery today and got the same impression that the cause is over.
The woman who answered couldn’t even tell me if the Bishop Sheen foundation is still functioning. She fobbed me off to the chancellor, who hasn’t returned my call. https://t.co/ih6wgVW8sc
— George Neumayr (@george_neumayr) December 5, 2019
Despite all of this, Bishop Jenky of the Peoria Diocese announced that on December 12th that the Diocese he would lead a Novena for the Canonization of Fulton Sheen. I encourage any supporters of Fulton Sheen to renew a devotion of prayer for his canonization. Fulton Sheen in his autobiography Treasure in Clay spoke quite convincingly of the power of prayer and especially Novenas. I encourage everyone to start this Novena for Sheen’s canonization and keep doing it until the day when Rome officially honors our saint.
Prayer can stir grace and faith can move mountains.