Bishop Sheen: What’s in a Name?

Bishop Sheen had the incomparable combination of faith, intelligence, wit, oratory, and the ability to convince.  With regard to the latter, he is crediting with assisting in the conversions of Fritz Kreisler, Loretta Young, Clare Booth Luce, Heywood Broun, Louis Budenz, and who knows how many others.  He spent his day in prayer, meditation, and in the spotlight, an unusual combination for anyone.  In 1952 he won an Emmy for “Most Outstanding Television Personality”.  On receiving the award, he humbly thanked his principal writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  The Jesuit magazine, America called him “the greatest evangelist in the history of the Catholic Church in America”. Today, the Catholic Church lacks the kind of heroic and appealing emissary that Bishop Sheen was.  The Church is presently mired in clergy scandals, poor leadership, and confusion on a number of doctrinal points.  The interface been the Church and the secular world has left many issues in doubt:  Should same-sex “marriages” be blessed?  Should Catholics use vaccines from aborted fetuses?  How should the Church look upon sex changes?  How should the Church deal with the LGBTQ group?  Should there be female priests?  Should Catholic doctors be free not to violate their consciences?  There are priests who are zealously promoting homosexuality, so-called Catholic politicians furthering the cause of abortion.  Many bishops are at loggerheads with each other.  People are leaving the Church in droves.    

Bishop Sheen: What’s in a Name?

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