In uncommon transfer, Vatican postpones beatification of first U.S. ‘televangelist’


VATICAN CITY (Information) – In a extremely uncommon transfer, the Vatican has postponed the beatification of the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a charismatic determine of U.S. Roman Catholicism within the 20th century and pioneer in non secular media.

Sheen, who died in 1979 and was typically referred to as the primary “televangelist,” was to have been beatified at a ceremony led by a Vatican cardinal in Peoria, Illinois on Dec. 21.

However the bishop of that diocese, Daniel Jenky, introduced on Tuesday it might be postponed and that no new date had been chosen.

Jenky stated in a press release that the Vatican postponed the beatification, which might have put Sheen one step nearer to sainthood, after “a number of” American bishops had “requested for additional consideration”.

The assertion gave no additional clarification however stated “there has by no means been, neither is there now, any allegation towards Sheen involving the abuse of a minor”. The Catholic Church’s popularity has been broken by sexual abuse of minors and cover-ups.

The delay of a beatification ceremony simply weeks earlier than it was to have taken place is believed to be unprecedented in residing reminiscence.

Pope Francis accredited the beatification in July with a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to Sheen’s intercession with God.

One miracle have to be attributed to a candidate for sainthood earlier than beatification. A second miracle have to be ascertained after beatification to ensure that sainthood to be conferred.

The Church teaches that solely God performs miracles however that saints who’re believed to be with God in heaven intercede on behalf of people that pray to them. A miracle is often the medically inexplicable therapeutic of an individual.

“The Catholic Hour,” which Sheen hosted between 1930 and 1950 on the NBC radio community, had an viewers of 4 million.

Sheen moved to tv with “Life is Value Residing” which had a major time viewers of 30 million folks and did so effectively it challenged the score of exhibits hosted by Frank Sinatra and different stars. The present resulted in 1957. He returned to tv in 1961 with The Fulton Sheen Program, which aired till 1968.

A theologian and writer of some 80 books, Sheen used these exhibits not solely to evangelise Christianity and bolster the U.S. Church but additionally to sentence Adolf Hitler throughout World Battle Two and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin within the early years of the Chilly Battle.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; enhancing by Grant McCool