Monday, July 11, 2011

Servant of God Fulton Sheen, a Man for All Seasons

A conservative blog for peace and Caelum Et Terra both make mention in recent posts of Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, quoted on this blog's sidebar with these remarkably insightful words: "When, I wonder, did we in America ever get into this idea that freedom means having no boundaries and no limits? I think it began on the 6th of August 1945 at 8:15 am when we dropped the bomb on Hiroshima... Somehow or other, from that day on in our American life, we say we want no limits and no boundaries."

The Young Fogey's mentions "the first televangelist" (who "also taught doctrine") in a post — On possibly selling the Crystal Cathedral to the Diocese of Orange — to which Jim C. comments, "Rev. Schuller modeled his preaching style after Apb. Fulton J. Sheen, admired Apb. Sheen enormously, and gave Apb. Sheen the credit for inspiring him in his ministry. A very irenical gesture!" He also says, "I think Apb. Sheen may have appeared on one of Rev. S.'s televised services. I know Mother Teresa did. More ecumenism, and not inappropriate."

Daniel Nichols notes that while "he pioneered the Catholic superstar thing," "[a]t least he preached Whole Catholicism, and at least he evidently was genuinely devout" — The Left Distributism of Fulton Sheen. He also informs us that he was "a 'biritual' priest, one who could celebrate both the Latin and Byzantine rites" (he is seen thus vested in the photo at the top of this post) and, as the title of the post suggests, called for "cooperative ownsership."

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Blogger 유미 said...

Ah, Fulton Sheen is one of the greats of the American church (although if he had known his televangelism would morph into what it is today, maybe he would have stuck with books^^). Martin Sheen (aka Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez) named himself after him.

I didn't know that he could celebrate in two rites although that does make sense considering the controversy he courted when he celebrated "a Pontifical Divine Liturgy in English at the Melkite National convention in Birmingham in 1958" (Melkite Greek Catholic Church: Conflicts over Latin and Melkite traditions in the Church

2:36 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

He also left his diocese a wreck wandering the world without boundaries and limits clothing strange children while leaving his own children at home to begger for rags.

He may be deserving of servant of God, but the title archbishop much less so.

Daniel Nichols writes : "he pioneered the Catholic superstar thing," "[a]t least he preached Whole Catholicism, and at least he evidently was genuinely devout"

'Evidently'. A quote from a man who is doing his best, (along with numerous other catholic bloggers), to commit suicide by means of drowning himself in a lime pit of the most bizarre and nasty of speculations. Which of course in turn makes for highly entertaining reading.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Context aside, I'm more entertained by the whole construction "evidently was genuinely." (No, I have nothing constructive to contribute and I will move along now.)

8:02 PM  

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