Skip to comments.Pope approves Archbishop Sheen's heroic virtues, step toward sainthood
Posted on 06/28/2012 1:11:48 PM PDT by NYer
Archbishop Sheen is pictured preaching in an undated photo. (CNS photo)
By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has approved the heroic virtues of U.S. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the Vatican announced June 28, clearing the way for the advancement of his sainthood cause.
Among the others honored in decrees announced the same day were first prelate of Opus Dei, the Canadian and Irish-American founders of two orders of religious women, a priest murdered by the Sicilian Mafia, and 154 martyrs killed during the Spanish Civil War.
Archbishop Sheen heroically lived Christian virtues and should be considered "venerable," said a decree issued by the Congregation for Saints' Causes and signed by Pope Benedict. Before the archbishop can be beatified, the Vatican must recognize that a miracle has occurred through his intercession.
The decree came just more than 13 months after Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill., presented Pope Benedict with two thick volumes about the life of Archbishop Sheen, whose home diocese was Peoria.
Archbishop Sheen, who was born in Illinois in 1895 and died in New York in 1979, was an Emmy-winning televangelist. His program, "Life is Worth Living," aired in the United States from 1951 to 1957.
With evidence of her son's alleged miraculous healing boxed and sealed in front of a portrait of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Bonnie Engstrom gives a reading at a Mass last December at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, Ill. Pope Benedict XVI has approved the heroic virtues of Archbishop Sheen, whose home diocese was Peoria, clearing the way for the advancement of his sainthood cause. (CNS file/Tom Dermody, The Catholic Post)
“Martin Luther disagreed with you.”
I believe you are mistaken about what I believe.
As to Luther, he never new me. He died, you know, in a century before I came into existence. To my knowledge, he wasn’t omniscient.
I am thankful for his life in some ways.
So do you believe that the Bible came from the Catholic Church? That was the point I was trying to make.
~ Martin Luther
Luther was wrong. The papists are the group that broke away from the Orthodox, because of organizational and cultural disputes. The Orthodox also hold, "The Word of God". Note that no one refers to The Book as the Word of the Pope, the word of the Papists, or the word of the Cathoolics, ect... Either The Word of God belongs to all, or it belongs to a select few. God says it belongs to all, so the Catholics should acknowledge that and share and make nice.
“So do you believe that the Bible came from the Catholic Church? That was the point I was trying to make.”
Again, off thread topic...
The Hebrew Scriptures, were widely used and recognized by the time of Christ. The early church used them, being mostly Jewish converts. As such, they came before the Church came into existence, and make up 2/3 of the Scriptures.
The New Testament Scriptures were written, circulated, used and recognized before 100 ad (most before 70ad). 5 books were in dispute, but were used by believers.
GOD inspired all of Scripture, working through the lives of individual Jews and Christians to bring it into existence and preserve it through history, down to our times.
So the short answer to your question is that I believe the Bible came from God, through men and was preserved supernaturally by him. I also believe He preserved His revelation by inspiring men of God to reject the spurious books in circulation during the early centuries.
Later in history (approx 367), the Catholic Church formalized a canon that was already widely in use centuries before by believers.
I am thankful to God for how He has worked through men over thousands of years to inspire and preserve His word.
best to you.