Worthwhile Reading on Sheen

sheen bookI’m working on an article about Archbishop Fulton Sheen for The Catholic Answer, planned for publication to mark the thirtieth anniversary of his death this December.  Sheen died  at the age of 84 on December 9, 1979. 

As part of my research for the article, I’m currently working my way through America’s Bishop: The Life and Times and Fulton J. Sheen, by Thomas C. Reeves.  It’s an excellent and very worthwhile read, providing far more than the standard and commonly known facts about Sheen’s remarkable life and ministry. 

Sure, everyone knows he was the greatest evangelizer the Catholic Church in America has ever known.  And he was certainly a full-fledged television star, with the same clout and popularity as just about anyone else on television in his heyday.

But the book also reveals some other truly admirable aspects of his character, as well as some of his interesting and surprising flaws.  It also has a lot to say about the tragic impact on his life and career of his conflict with Cardinal Francis Spellman. 

The article will be an interesting one to pull together.  I recommend the book to anyone interested in looking a little more deeply.

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