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America's Bishop - The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen

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Catalog Code: 9781893554610

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America's Bishop

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The American Catholic Church’s most charismatic presence over several decades, Bishop Sheen was also its chief evangelist. Among his thousands of converts were celebrities such as Clare Booth Luce and Henry Ford II. The result of interviews with dozens of Sheen’s friends, family members and church colleagues and the unearthing of important new material at the Sheen Archives in Rochester, New York, America’s Bishop is the first in-depth portrait of this beloved churchman and intellectual, and a social history of Catholicism in America. Sheen’s cause for Beatification is being prepared in Rome.


"The first comprehensive biography of one of the most remarkable figures in American history, a man of fierce devotion to Christ and the Church."
-Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

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Thomas C. Reeves here presents the very first full-scale biography of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. A powerful preacher, effective evangelizer, television celebrity, and dynamic interlocutor between the age-old Church and modern times, it is a wonder that a biography of Bishop Sheen has not appeared sooner. The life of Bishop Sheen is so wedded to the mission of the Church in America that his history is very much like the Church's own history in America: prominent, successful, and loved for so long until the advent of the 1960s, Humanae Vitae, and the second Vatican Council. Perhaps the confusion that the Church in America met with in those times explains why a biography of Archbishop Sheen was not attempted sooner. To understand the life of Archbishop Sheen one must understand, at least in part, the recent rise and fall of the Church in America, something many of us are still grappling with. In America's Bishop, Thomas C. Reeves tells an absorbing Full Review...

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