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FBI Files on Catholic Leaders
| April 30, 2013
Posted on 05/01/2013 6:37:11 AM PDT by NYer
Our government has been keeping track of Catholic leaders for decades. One of the leaders it closely tracked was Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
For those of you who are too young to know who he was, Archbishop Sheen was the face of Catholicism for decades years in the USA. He had wildly popular weekly TV and radio shows that he hosted for a national audience for almost 40 years. He was also an author, columnist and considered one of the best preachers of the 20th Century.
This meant that the FBI kept detailed notes on him. Many of these files have been made public (with many redactions) for several years. Interesting to note that Sheen had an ongoing correspondence with J. Edgar Hoover, the Director of the FBI. A few of the files are about allegations Sheen had sympathies for the Fascists. He did not and I don't think the FBI bought those either.
Some other correspondence was because the Communists didn't like him, because he was very vocal about opposing them. So, Hoover and others supported his opposition and there was internal dialogue about it.
A quick search also found files on other Catholics, including:
What can we take away from this?
The FBI is still keeping files on Catholic leaders, but may consider Catholic leaders with more suspicion than they previously did (at least not as friendly toward the government as they were once). This is because the Bishops, and other Catholic leaders, are more outspoken against abortion, the death penalty, immigration, the HHS mandate, etc. I am sure that many leaders, both lay and clerics, have thick files on them.
We might remember this warning from Sheen:
"Totalitarians are fond of saying that Christianity is the enemy of the State-a euphemistic way of saying an enemy of themselves." -Archbishop Fulton Sheen I don't think we are to that point of suspicion about the US government yet, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility for our future.
Pray for our country and our leaders.
TOPICS: Catholic; History; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic; fbi; sheen
posted on 05/01/2013 6:37:11 AM PDT
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posted on 05/01/2013 6:37:29 AM PDT
(Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
Need to check Hillary's personal FBI file stash.
Bound to have a few Catholics there.
posted on 05/01/2013 6:54:28 AM PDT
(The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
posted on 05/01/2013 7:36:27 AM PDT
by Zionist Conspirator
(Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
Any files on Billy Grahahm?
posted on 05/01/2013 8:06:59 AM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
I don't think we are to that point of suspicion about the US government yet
The Obama admin? Wishful thinking.
One of the leaders it closely tracked was Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
For those of you who are too young to know who he was, Archbishop Sheen was the face of Catholicism for decades years in the USA.
Sometimes famous people have unusual, important sounding names and you have to wonder if their path through life was affected by their name. At least the name is going to draw people's attention and cause them to remember it. But maybe this also reflects back on the development of the individual. Or maybe people who are destined to be important, even from their youth, take on a name to match.
One way to pull this off is to use a surname as your first name. Apparently this is common in the South. Archbishop Sheen was born Peter John Sheen, but apparently went by his mother's maiden name his whole life.
Fulton Sheen was born in El Paso, Illinois, not usually considered part of the South.
President Franklin Roosevelt and Vice President Schuyler Colfax were both from New York and had surnames for their first names. Harrison Ford was born in Chicago.
It may be true that the practice of doing that is more common in Southern states.
and they didn’t keep too many files on the Boston bombers, hmmmm I guess conservatives and religious people are the enemy of the govt. and not terrorists who kill and maim people.
posted on 05/02/2013 7:03:41 PM PDT
“I don’t think we are to that point of suspicion about the US government yet...”
What rock is the author of this piece hiding under?
posted on 05/02/2013 7:10:15 PM PDT
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