March 7, 2014
Experts Approve Fulton Sheen Miracle
|Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Rochester|
The canonization cause for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who taught at Catholic University for 23 years, advanced this week as the board of medical experts who advise the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints at the Vatican unanimously approved a reported miracle attributed to his intercession.
According to a release issued by the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, the reported miracle involved a stillborn baby delivered in September 2010. The child demonstrated no signs of life as medical professionals worked for an hour, attempting every possible life-saving procedure. The child’s parents and family began to pray to Sheen and after 61 minutes, the baby was revived and has recovered completely. Now three years old, the child remains in good health.
Prior to finding success in the world of television with his Emmy award-winning program, “Life is Worth Living,” Archbishop Sheen was a professor of philosophy and religion at The Catholic University of America from 1926 to 1950.
In 2002, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill., opened the cause for his beatification and canonization. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed that Sheen had lived a life of heroic virtue and holiness and gave him the title Venerable. The miracle is pending further review by the theologians and the cardinals who advise the Pope through the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. Should Pope Francis validate this proposed miracle, Archbishop Sheen could then be declared Blessed during a beatification ceremony. An additional miracle would lead to his canonization.
> For more information, visit CUA's Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen website.