Pope Francis has "validated" a miracle, which means a late American archbishop and television preacher moves one step closer to sainthood.
On Saturday, the Vatican announced that Francis approved a miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Sheen passed away in 1979, and was well-known for his radio and television programs. In 1930, he began on NBC radio with a weekly Sunday program called "The Catholic Hour" and then in 1950 he moved to TV, still with NBC, with his show "Life is Worth Living."
The miracle attributed to Sheen happened in 2010, when a baby was born without a heartbeat. Family and friends prayed to Sheen, and after 61 minutes the infant's heart began beating and the young boy remains healthy today.
The diocese conducted an investigation into the miracle after it occurred and reported its findings to the Vatican in 2011. Proceedings were hung up though, after a court case in New York was resolved a few weeks ago allowing Sheen's niece to have him buried in Peoria, Illinois, where he was ordained. With the case resolved, beatification efforts are back on track.
Needless to say, I do not believe that the boy was helped by a miracle, but the bishop in Peoria of course does. “It is truly amazing how God continues to work miracles,” Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky said on Saturday. “I am so grateful that the Vatican acted so quickly after last week’s transfer of Sheen’s remains from New York to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria.”
I would counter to Jenky that it sure is funny how God "works miracles" and yet allows his church to swarm with pedophiles.
If you ask me, God really needs to work on his priorities.