September 4, 2014

Form Letter to Reopen Sheen's Cause for Canonization

There have been several requests for me to make a form letter that people can slightly edit, print out, and mail to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and to Pope Francis.

I am especially hopeful that you will join me in writing to the Vatican after reading the latest press release from the Archdiocese of New York. Following is an excerpt:

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints did recently ask the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Peoria to enter into a dialogue to see if there was a way to continue progress in moving the cause forward. Discussions with Peoria centered on two areas: the possible exhumation and study of the body; and the possible collection of “first class relics” of Archbishop Sheen. Cardinal Timothy Dolan did express a hesitance in exhuming the body, unless the Congregation for the Causes of Saints directed that it be done, unless the process was approved by the family, that it be done modestly and reverently, and that the exhumation met the requirements of New York State law. He consulted with the family, who gave their approval if it would help advance the cause.

Regarding first-class relics, Cardinal Dolan does object to the dismemberment of the Archbishop’s body. However, if the body is exhumed, there is the strong likelihood that some relics would be present in the coffin, which could be reverently collected without disturbing the body, and then shared generously with the Diocese of Peoria. The family is at peace with this; and we will await directions from Rome.


They are awaiting directions from Rome! Please write and encourage Rome to act! You can copy these letters, change any wording so you are more comfortable with it, and sign them with your name and address. Thank you! 

Cardinal Dolan, I still love you but oh man! 

Anyways, here's the form letters. Thank you, everyone, for your support!

+JMJ+
September 4, 2014

Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Vatican City State 00120
Europe

Dear Sirs, 

I wholeheartedly support the Diocese of Peoria's cause for canonization for Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. I strongly believe that Venerable Sheen is a saint praying for us in Heaven and that his example and canonization will lead many souls to Christ. 

I learned recently that the Diocese of Peoria had to stop Sheen's cause because the Archdiocese of New York will not cooperate in regards to allowing Bishop Jenky and the Sheen Foundation to exhume the body and gather first class relics, as is the canonical norm. This is upsetting and I hope it can be rectified soon.

I humbly and sincerely ask you to do whatever you can so Bishop Jenky may reopen the cause and we can see Venerable Sheen beatified and then canonized. Please help all of us who love Fulton Sheen and want to see him declared a saint for the greater glory of God!

God love you,


your name
address



+JMJ+
September 4, 2014

His Holiness Pope Francis
Vatican City State 00120
Europe

Holy Father, 

I wholeheartedly support the Diocese of Peoria's cause for canonization for Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. I strongly believe that Venerable Sheen is a saint praying for us in Heaven and that his example and canonization will lead many souls to Christ. 

I learned recently that the Diocese of Peoria had to stop Sheen's cause because the Archdiocese of New York will not cooperate in regards to allowing Bishop Jenky and the Sheen Foundation to exhume the body and gather first class relics, as is the canonical norm. This is upsetting and I hope it can be rectified soon.

I humbly and sincerely ask you to do whatever you can so Bishop Jenky may reopen the cause and we can see Venerable Sheen beatified and then canonized. Please help all of us who love Fulton Sheen and want to see him declared a saint for the greater glory of God!

God love you,


your name
address


Also, I know some of you don't want to write. I get that. Either way, please pray then that Peoria will be able to reopen the cause. The Archdiocese also makes it clear in their press release that while they don't want to move the body out of their control they are more than happy to take over the cause. You can probably guess my feelings about that.

You can read more about Venerable Sheen's cause being stopped here.

2 comments:

  1. I was just praying this week, wondering if there was something tangible that I could do in regards to this. Prayer! It works!

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