Sheen beatification delay an act of “sabotage,” Peoria official writes

Peoria, Ill., Dec 7, 2019 / 09:30 pm (CNA).- After the Diocese of Rochester last week confirmed it had requested that the beatification of Venerable Fulton Sheen be delayed, a longtime Peoria diocese official is accusing the Rochester diocese of repeatedly “sabotaging” Sheen’s sainthood cause. 

“Under the veneer of the Rochester diocese’s call for caution, more than an overwhelming majority of people would conclude that it is an unexplainable act of sabotage — a sabotage that simply hurts the faithful,” Monsignor James Kruse, an official in the Diocese of Peoria involved in advancing Sheen’s cause, wrote in a lengthy Dec. 7 op-ed. 

Venerable Fulton Sheen was an American archbishop and television personality who was set to be beatified Dec. 21. The Holy See made the decision to postpone the beatification on Dec. 2, with the Peoria diocese attributing the Vatican’s decision to “a few members of the Bishop’s Conference who have asked for further consideration.” 

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The real Santa Claus: Don’t forget Saint Nicholas this Christmas season…

Is Santa Claus real? While that’s a question many children ask around this time of year, it’s one that doesn’t have an easy answer. Why? See, Santa Claus was once real in the form of Saint Nicholas. Before there were mall Santas and sidewalk Santas and lots of ho ho ho-ing, there was Nicholas, an early Christian bishop who hailed from the Greek maritime city of Myra in Asia Minor in what is present-day Turkey…

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How Star Wars Stormtroopers have evolved over the years…

This year, Lucasfilm hosted a most impressive display showcasing the evolution of the Star Wars stormtrooper. The exhibit included several of the screen-used costumes seen throughout the iconic movie series. From the classic stormtrooper to new designs featured in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, this stunning display examined the production costumes up close and studied the many unique styles deployed throughout a galaxy far…

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Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” elevates the human spirit…

In 2005, nearly 60 years after its release, It’s a Wonderful Life appeared in the #1 place on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years 100 Cheers – America’s Most Inspiring Movies” list. Yet when It’s a Wonderful Life was released in 1946, it was not overwhelmingly successful at the box office. Director Frank Capra and the cast were rather disappointed…

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Report: Vatican invested Peter’s Pence funds in movie about Elton John…

The Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera has reported that Vatican prosecutors are investigating how funds from Peter’s Pence have been allegedly invested in loss-making enterprises as well as a movie censored in some countries because of its explicit homosexual scenes. In the latest in a string of recent stories involving financial misconduct at the Holy See…

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How do we evangelize the world in the midst of Catholic scandals?

The hits just keep coming. More bishops who moved priests around, knowing they were abusing kids. A priest is given a leave of absence because of his affair. The mismanagement of Church funds. I sometimes ask myself when will it stop…and then I remember that it won’t until the end of this world. The Church is made up of sinners…

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