USA: Beatification of Fulton Sheen postponed



Source: Diocese of Peoria/ICN

The Beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, due to take place on 21 December, has been postponed.

In a statement released on 3 December, the Bishop of Peoria, Most Rev Daniel Jenky, said the delay was "not due to any allegation against Sheen involving the abuse of a minor" but was because a few members of the Bishops' Conference had "asked for further consideration."

Born to an Irish family in El Paso, Illinois, in 1885, Archbishop Sheen studied at Leuven in Belgium and the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome before he began teaching at the Catholic University of America in Washington from 1926 to 1950.

He went on to become a charismatic teacher and preacher known to millions of people across America through his weekly radio programme in the 1930s entitled: 'The Catholic Hour'. In the 1950s he began hosting a weekly television series 'Life is Worth Living' which attracted more than 30 million viewers.

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Read the full statement from the Diocese of Peoria here:

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