In other News, Fulton Sheen is “Venerable” UPDATED

While the SCOTUS ruling was breaking, this story came over the wires, too:

Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is now “Venerable” after the Vatican announced today that Benedict XVI had signed a decree recognising that the archbishop heroically lived Christian virtues.

The announcement of the decree marks a significant step in the canonization cause of Peoria, Ill.-born Archbishop Sheen (1895-1979), the Emmy award-winning televangelist whose program, “Life is Worth Living,” was broadcast from 1951 to 1957.

The Vatican now has to recognise a miracle has occurred through his intercession for him to be beatified, the penultimate step to canonization. Alleged miracles have been reported, which are now being assessed by experts in Rome.

My parents loved him. Even my father who had no use for the church except for watching Midnight Mass from the Vatican, each Christmas.

Perhaps this theologian and teacher’s most famous quote:

“There are not 100 people who hate the Catholic Church; But there are millions who hate what they believe the Catholic Church to be.”

But I have a few other favorite quotes of his:

“Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.”

“Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.”

More Sheen quotes, here

His beatification may come sooner, rather than later, depending on the outcome of this investigation

Fr. Anthony Apostoli is quoted as saying: America is in need of a saint like Archbishop Sheen.

America is in need of many things; it can only help her, and particularly the church in America, to have a holy and clear-thinking American Catholic to look up to.

Like my dear Cardinal John Joseph O’ Connor, Sheen was of working-class Irish stock which I think is what made both of them so accessible; even though they were highly degreed and much-honored men, they never lost the common touch. I believe Sheen’s cause was begun under O’ Connor and they’re both buried in the crypt beneath St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

If you are not up on your Fulton Sheen you will find this site enlightening

Deacon Greg has a lot more

Rocco has video

UPDATE I: Dawn Eden has an account of a personal interaction with Sheen

UPDATE II: Also named “Venerable”, Irish-born, American-planted, Mother Mary Angeline Teresa, foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

Venerable Fulton Sheen, Venerable Mother Angeline, pray for us.

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  • Jenny

    Bonnie’s son leaves me amazed and speechless. I’ve read her blog for years and was especially interested during her pregnancy with James since I was pregnant as well–my son is two months older. I prayed and prayed hard for that little boy after his birth! To think that he might be the miracle used to elevate Fulton Sheen…well it blows my mind. To think I helped contribute to prayer cause. It. Blows. My. Mind.

  • Patricia

    Great news about Sheen, I’m a huge fan. I also appreicate your quote link.

    Lately, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this one, especially as many women in our society, especically those with public platforms, have devolved. Is it any wonder we have become what we are? Don’t believe me? Consider how long it will take you to come up with 3 women whom most would admire for “truth, justice, and goodness.” Sheened nailed that one, as women indeed are the bellwether, so to speak, of any society.

    “When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”
    ― Fulton J. Sheen, Life is Worth Living

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  • Br. Robert

    Along with Bishop Sheen, Mother Mary Angeline McCrory, O.Carm. was also named venerable by Pope Benedict. She is the foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, a congregation founded in New York in 1929. They administer nursing homes in the United States and in Ireland, and have a special charism to ensure that the elderly spend their golden years in a homelike setting. More can be found about Mother Angeline at Although certainly not as well known as Bishop Sheen, I think it’s nice to see another American with a cause for beatification.

    [Great news, thanks -- that's a terrific order of sisters! -admin]

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  • Jim J. McCrea

    The true source of Archbishop Sheen’s power was that he made a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament every day of his priesthood.