Fulton J. Sheen: An American Catholic Response to the Twentieth Century

Fulton J. Sheen: An American Catholic Response to the Twentieth Century

by Kathleen L. Riley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0818909153

ISBN-13: 2900818909152

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Alba House

On September 9, 2002, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of the Diocese of Peoria, announced that the Vatican had accepted his petition to open the cause for the canonization of Fulton J. Sheen, an initiative which was begun in the year 2000 when John Cardinal O'Connor of New York approved a preliminary effort to advance the case for having "the greatest preacher and

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On September 9, 2002, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of the Diocese of Peoria, announced that the Vatican had accepted his petition to open the cause for the canonization of Fulton J. Sheen, an initiative which was begun in the year 2000 when John Cardinal O'Connor of New York approved a preliminary effort to advance the case for having "the greatest preacher and evangelist of the 20th century in the United States" be declared a saint. The cause for his canonization, according to Bishop Jenky, is based on Sheen's personal sanctity and his reputation as a major figure in the history of American Catholicism. For 60 years -- from his ordination in 1919 to his death in 1979 -- Sheen spent his life working out a "Christian response to the challenge of the times." As Thomistic philosopher and professor at the Catholic University of America, prolific writer, pioneer of the electronic gospel on radio and TV, convert-maker, head of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and Bishop of Rochester in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council, he lived in the religious spotlight for most of his life. His personal odyssey mirrored that of the Catholic Church in facing the challenges of the times: two world wars, national and international depression, fascism, nazism, communism, capitalism, the sexual revolution and the upheaval following the Council. An "American son born in our American heartland," as Bishop Jenky called him, Sheen may one day enjoy the additional distinction of being the first American-born male saint. This thoroughly documented study of his life was the first in-depth analysis of the man and his times when it was penned as a doctoral dissertation in 1988. All subsequent works have built on its scholarly and balanced insights.

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ISBN-13:
2900818909152
Publisher:
Alba House
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
377

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introductionix
Chapter 1Thomistic Philosopher and Catholic Educator: The Formative Years, 1919-19351
Chapter 2Intellectual Popularizer and Advocate of Social Justice, 1930-194529
Chapter 3Electronic Evangelist and Convert-maker, 1930-195257
Chapter 4American Catholic Spokesman in Crisis Times: International Conflict and the Second World War, 1930-195085
Chapter 5Ideological Adversary: The American Catholic Crusade Against Communism, 1930-1960129
Chapter 6The Post-war Religious Revival: A Catholic Version of the "American Way of Life," 1945-1966187
Chapter 7Missionary to the World and the Second Vatican Council: Years of Transition, 1950-1966233
Chapter 8Bishop in a Diocese: The "Sound and Fury" of the Rochester Years, 1966-1969269
Conclusion: A "Life Worth Living"311
Bibliography321
Index351

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