Archbishop Fulton Sheen beatification could come ‘very quickly’
A priest connected with the cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has said the “historic speed” with which he was declared venerable could be a sign that next steps to the beatification and canonization of the famous U.S. television evangelist and author might proceed at a rapid pace.
Msgr. Stanley Deptula, the executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, told a June 29 telephone press conference that only God knows whether and when Ven. Fulton Sheen will advance to sainthood.
However, the speed of Fulton Sheen’s cause has been “remarkably quick.”
“This cause enjoys the support of cardinals and bishops and priests around the world, so much does Fulton Sheen mean in their own lives and own vocations,” the monsignor said.
“We might be very hopeful that with this level of support, and the importance Fulton Sheen means to the Church in the modern world, we might see that these next steps progress very quickly.”
Ven. Fulton Sheen’s cause has support from cardinals, bishops and priests around the world because he meant “so much” in their own lives and vocations, Msgr. Deptula explained.
On June 28 Pope Benedict XVI authorized a decree that recognized the heroic virtues of the beloved host of the “Catholic Hour” radio show and the ABC television show “Life is Worth Living.” Ven. Fulton Sheen authored many books and headed Society for the Propagation of the Faith. He served as an auxiliary bishop of New York and as Bishop of Rochester.
He continued to be a leading figure in U.S. Catholicism until his death in 1979 at the age of 84. [More]