I do not believe in coincidences.
"Susan, I don't think I can do it any more. I'm so hurt. I'm so angry. I'm so confused. I want people to have the facts but I don't want to stir the pot. I don't think I should say anything else."
"Bonnie, you don't have to listen to me, but I want you to know that if you do not tell your story, if you don't share your perspective, it will not be told. If you don't want to comment on the drama - don't! Think of what you want people to know and make that what you speak about."
Friends, I don't want to stir the pot. I want Bishop Jenky to be able to reopen Fulton Sheen's cause, I want to see Fulton Sheen canonized, and I want it all to be done in a way that honors and glorifies God. I wholeheartedly believe that Bishop Jenky and the Sheen Foundation have done everything they have because they sincerely were trying to be forthright with their donors and the public and nothing else.
A couple hours after my phone call with Susan I was praying about it all and a song came on the radio. I busted out laughing because just like Gwen Stafani was singing, this stuff really is bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s.
One of the reasons I truly believe that Fulton Sheen should be a saint is because of how he suffered. He suffered silently, confiding in only his closest friends. He didn't complain and he didn't grumble. He did not want to fan any flames of gossip or slander.
Another reason I believe Sheen should be a saint is because he was a man of action. He spoke up; he spoke out; he spoke the truth. He called on people to send in their pennies, nickles, and dimes and by doing so he raised millions for he missions.
I have been trying to balance these two parts of Venerable Fulton Sheen as I've tried to navigate through all my emotions, all the confusion, the half-truths, and misunderstandings. (May the good Lord have mercy on us all!+)
Through my conversation with Susan and my prayer I've realized that it's one thing to share information and it's another to engage in comboxes and Facebook threads. I don't regret anything I've written but the time has come for me to step back from all of this. It's too personal, it's too close to my heart.
However, I still encourage anyone who wants to help the cause to let your feelings be known. A reliable contact with connections in Rome suggested that we write to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and to the Pope, that especially the Congregation would take notice if people cared.
You can tweet or IG or whatever with the hashtag #freeFultonSheen. You can mail letters to Rome, but do it soon so they get the letters soon.
And please, let's all agree that it's one thing to be upset with someone's actions but we should never slander. Poor Cardinal Dolan and poor Bishop Jenky.