Archdiocese of New York preventing Illinois bishop from attaining sainthood by refusing to release his remains from St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s family is suing the Archdiocese of New York, helmed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, to force them to let his remains return to his hometown in Peoria, Ill., where another bishop has campaigned to have Sheen declared a saint. (ANDREW SCHWARTZ/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 4:12 PM
For seven years, Timothy Cardinal Dolan has refused to give up the body of the late Fulton J. Sheen, an iconic bishop who was the face of American Catholicism on TV in the 1950s and now buried at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Sheen’s family on Tuesday took the Archdiocese of New York and the trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to court to force them to let Sheen’s remains return to his hometown in Peoria, Ill., where another bishop has campaigned to have Sheen declared a saint.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Sheen’s niece, Joan Sheen Cunningham, 88, of Yonkers, says that the Vatican has told the family that a Beatification ceremony for her uncle will take place in Peoria “in the very near future.”
Beatification is a significant step in the process of declaring someone a saint. It means someone is blessed in the eyes of the church. Sheen would be the first American bishop to achieve that status, according to a church official in Peoria.