Life Is Worth Living

Thought you might like to see the letter our chancellor wrote to the Diocese of Peoria regarding their decision to resume the promotion of the cause for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen:

Dear Ms. Gibson:

Congratulations on the decision of the Diocese of Peoria to resume its promotion of the cause for its native son, Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

As you are aware, the Archdiocese of New York was surprised when the Diocese of Peoria issued a press release last October announcing that it had dropped the cause.  Although the same release quoted the Bishop of Peoria as having stated that the Archdiocese of New York might take-up the cause, and although the Archdiocese received volumes of mail urging it to do so from cardinals, bishops, faithful around the world, members of the Sheen Foundation and even the archbishop’s family, it took no explicit action in the hope that the Diocese of Peoria might reconsider its decision to resume the cause.  Hence our satisfaction and joy over the current announcement.

It is my understanding that Archbishop Timothy Dolan—presently in Ireland on the apostolic visitation of seminaries by appointment of the Holy Father—has already written to express his congratulations and gratitude for the good news to Bishop Daniel Jenky.

Might I ask that you help clarify an unfortunate statement by the Sheen Foundation in a CAN/EWTN press release of January 29, 2011, indicating that the Archdiocese of New York had failed “to fulfill a verbal promise to transfer Sheen’s remains” to Peoria?

Perhaps the Foundation could be made aware of correspondence from Archbishop Dolan to Bishop Jenky of October 23, 2010, which would clarify this regrettable and inaccurate charge by the Foundation.  In the aforementioned letter, the archbishop assured the bishop that he was more than happy to continue his research into the question of the transfer of the remains, but that his study on the matter had already revealed that there was in fact no evidence of such a verbal promise; that Archbishop Sheen’s Last Will and Testament expressed a desire for burial in New York; that Archbishop Sheen had gratefully accepted Cardinal Terence Cooke’s invitation for interment in the crypt beneath the main altar of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral traditionally reserved for its archbishops; that the Congregation for Saints had, in 2005, explicitly instructed Cardinal Edward Egan, then-Archbishop of New York, not to transfer the remains; and that Archbishop Sheen’s family was strong in its preference that his remains stay in place at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

Thank you for whatever assistance you can give to clarify this unfortunate statement by the Foundation. Lord knows, everyone wants this noble cause to progress in charity and full vigor without any clouds hanging over it.  The Archdiocese of New York remains grateful to the Diocese of Peoria for having shared its son with the Church Universal, and remains eager to be of any service to the Diocese that it can possibly be.

With prayerful best wishes, I am,

Reverend Monsignor Gregory Mustaciuolo
Chancellor/Moderator of the Curia

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3 Responses to “Life Is Worth Living”

  1. timh says:

    Yes, Thank You and congratulations Peoria!

    And, here’s something to clarify some other unfortunate misunderstandings:–

  2. Beverly Bowne says:

    Archbishop Sheen’s wishes should be honored. Was very pleased when our beloved Cardinal Cooke saw to this. More people come to St. Patrick’s Cathedral than to Peoria anyway. Archbishop Sheen spent more time in New York City and Rochester NY than anywhere else. His \Catholic Hour\ TV show was broadcast from New York City. Let the Canonization process move forward in this spirit

  3. Amanda Peter says:

    It is right to look to canonize +Fulton Sheen. He was a wonderful man and loved God and thought of the salvation of souls. To that end he stretched himself and sacrficed himself and he loved in the truest sense of the word!
    Many priests in the USA have come into the headlines for their sins- bring now to the headlines a great and holy man and priest and a son of the USA where there are still many holy priests to be found.May the next generation be on fire with the love of God amid all this secularism and may Bishop Fulton Sheen be an inspiration to many priests who seek holiness and sanctity of life!!!!!