TO ALL WHO KNEW AND LOVED ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN THE BODY-SNATCHING AND GRAVE ROBBING BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK IS OFFENSIVE AND A SCANDAL

 

NY MAY BLOCK REMOVAL OF ABP. SHEEN’S BODY — AGAIN

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 12, 2018   27 Comments

Journalist: New York ‘acting like a petulant, whiny teen’

NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) – The New York archdiocese has made clear it’s not ready to comply with the recent court ruling on Abp. Fulton Sheen, raising fears it will continue the lengthy and costly court battle over the venerable archbishop’s remains.

Superior Court Judge Arlene Bluth ruled Friday that Joan Sheen Cunningham, niece and closest living relative to Sheen, with legal rights over his body, could have her uncle’s remains moved to Peoria, Illinois in order to advance his cause for canonization. On Monday, the trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral (where Sheen’s body rests) issued a statement expressing the possibility of appealing the decision: “We will review this decision carefully with our attorneys and determine what next steps might be taken.”

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The trustees went on to claim that Sheen’s cause “can progress without any transfer of the remains” — a point rejected by the Peoria diocese, which issued a response clarifying the statement’s “inaccuracies”:

The Archdiocese of New York’s press release also state that the Cause can progress without the transfer of the remains. This is simply not true. In 2017, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in Rome established new rules, which unequivocally provide direction for this Cause. First, the new rules clearly stated that the wishes of the family, regarding the earthly remains of a potential saint, must be respected. … Second, the new rules indicate that a Cause can advance only when all civil litigation is resolved. In this case, New York’s pursuit of civil litigation blocks the advancement of the Cause.

Monsignor James Kruse, Vicar General of the Peoria diocese, spoke with Church Militant.

“The Vatican’s 2017 rules make clear the wishes of the family — in this case, Joan Sheen Cunningham — must be respected and litigation must be resolved before Abp. Sheen’s cause can advance,” he said. “The statement from New York claiming that the beatification of Abp. Fulton Sheen can advance without transfer of the body is simply untrue.”

The press release from Peoria noted it is “unprecedented” for remains not to be located in the same place as where the cause is advanced and where the beatification will take place — Peoria.

“If they determine to continue with legal actions,” the press release noted, “it will be the third time that this has been brought to court, despite the court ruling twice in Joan Sheen Cunningham’s favor.”

New York “has done almost nothing in the last fifteen years to assist in the Cause’s lengthy, complicated and laborious process,” the Peoria diocese clarified. “Instead, the Archdiocese of New York has only provided expensive legal resistance during the last two years by refusing to respect the legally supported petition of Joan Sheen Cunningham.”

Journalist Phil Luciano published a column asking how long New York will continue to hold up the canonization.

This is no longer a court battle about propriety, but pride. Stunned by repeated legal victories by the Peoria Diocese, the New York Archdiocese refuses to budge. It’s acting like a petulant, whiny teen who refuses to listen to his parents, even when flat-out wrong. It’s like big, bad New York can’t believe it’s been outwitted by lil’ ol’ Peoria.

Kruse told Church Militant the Peoria diocese is “requesting prayers for a renewed spirit of cooperation from the archdiocese of New York for Abp. Sheen’s cause to be brought to completion.”

The Peoria diocese has already been in contact with the Vatican, which has been assisting with the cause and has assured the diocese, based on this latest court ruling, that Pope Francis could be announcing Sheen’s beatification “in the very near future.”

 

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3 Responses to TO ALL WHO KNEW AND LOVED ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN THE BODY-SNATCHING AND GRAVE ROBBING BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK IS OFFENSIVE AND A SCANDAL

  1. Br Roberto Benedict says:

    What would you expect from the Liberal-Showman, Cardinal Dolan? This is offensive to the sensibilities of any learned Catholic. I believe that present day Bishops have lost their way as Priests first and foremost, to the incline of CEO, dignitary levels. Is there any example of Holiness and Humility left in the lion’s share of these men? And how is the embarrassing example of “Father” Martin, who blatantly and publicly espouses Homosexuality as a Priest, allowed to continue under the blind, or perhaps winking eyes of these feckless, fake Bishops? Aren’t any one of these men courageous at all? The Church was built on the blood of Christ and His courageous Martyrs. I dread to think that if these Bishops were pressured to defend the remnant of Holy Mother Church, that we would see men pick up their Prelate Cassocks to run for the hills. And as for the non-handling of “Father” Martin? If at least one of these guys were to fake it, and defrock this evil man vested as a Priest, it would be better than the blind eyed, apparent agreement that his behavior is Ok in the post Conciliar Church. I expect nothing but derision for this post, but so be it!!

    Robert Benedict

  2. Robert Ruvio says:

    What would you expect from the Liberal-Showman, Cardinal Dolan? This is offensive to the sensibilities of any learned Catholic. I believe that present day Bishops have lost their way as Priests first and foremost, to the incline of CEO dignitary levels. Is there any example of Holiness and Humility left in the lion’s share of these men? And how is the embarrassing example of “Father” Martin, who blatantly and publicly espouses Homosexuality as a Priest, allowed to continue under the blind, or perhaps winking eyes of these feckless fake Bishops? Aren’t any one of these men courageous at all? The Church was built on the blood of Christ and His courageous Martyrs. I dread to think that if these Bishops were pressured to defend the remnant of Holy Mother Church, that we would see men pick up their Prelate Cassocks to run for the hills. And as for the non-handling of “Father” Martin? If at least one of these guys were to fake it, and defrock this evil man vested as a Priest, it would be better than the blind eyed apparent agreement that his behavior is Ok in post Conciliar Church. I expect nothing but derision for this post, but so be it!!

    Robert Benedict

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  3. Mary Anne says:

    Whiny is acting on orders from the Dictator, don’t you think? None of them want the words of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen bandied about in magazines and rags … words like Communism for instance. Somebody’s soul might get saved ! He had it nailed so well. Never did become a Cardinal, did he? Then there’s always the chance that his holy body is incorrupt!! Then would his words would shine brightly in the journals and on the screens of the world … again!! Wow! wouldn’t that be awesome for all of us! Wouldn’t that put the brakes on their careening modernism, lies, and all that other antichristian behaviour…(for awhile) They can’t stand being shamed, but, I personally don’t think they ever feel shame. Thank you, Your Excellency for keeping us funeral faces up on everything.

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