Then-Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen is pictured in a portrait from the late 1930s or early 1940s. The Catholic University of America in Washington maintains the Sheen archives on campus and these archives have now been digitized. Archbishop Sheen, a candidate for sainthood, was to have been beatified Dec. 21, 2019, in a ceremony in his the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., but the beatification has been postponed. (CNS photo/CUA archives)
Then-Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen is pictured in a portrait from the late 1930s or early 1940s. The Catholic University of America in Washington maintains the Sheen archives on campus and these archives have now been digitized. Archbishop Sheen, a candidate for sainthood, was to have been beatified Dec. 21, 2019, in a ceremony in his the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., but the beatification has been postponed. (CNS photo/CUA archives)

Having family in Portland, I have read your various news articles about the stalled beatification for the famous 1950s and 1960s televangelist Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Archbishop Sheen’s program was more popular than Milton Berle’s. Sheen used the Bible and appealed to Protestants and Catholics alike. 

Recently a little boy was not breathing for 61 minutes and almost declared dead. However, the family prayed to God but also invoked Archbishop Sheen (who has been deceased 40 years, since 1979). The little boy began breathing. Pope Francis duly declared a “first miracle” (the first step), which enabled beatification. It requires another “miracle” for a sainthood declaration.

I’d never shield a corrupt priest or bishop; Archbishop Sheen walked the walk. Nobody can dispute that Archbishop Sheen educated and spiritually enriched millions of people around the globe. He is probably more deserving of sainthood than most. 

James Marples

Longview, Texas