Review of America’s Bishop

This book (America’s Bishop:  The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen by Thomas Reeve) was also an excellent choice for monastery table reading.  At first, there was some concern that the book would be too positive about Sheen, more hagiography than biography, but Reeve certainly had no qualms exploring Sheen’s vanity, as well as some of his other flaws.  One of the most surprising flaws is that Sheen consistently claimed throughout his life that he had an advanced degree from Rome, one which he never earned.  The claim is virtually inexplicable, especially later in life when he had achieved so much.  The material on his relationship with Cardinal Spellman is also fascinating, and Reeve gives a good accounting of Sheen’s success on Television, especially in the 1950’s.

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