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The Influence of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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He had a different speaking style developed by many years of practice and elocution lessons he took at St.His show, Life is Worth Living, was another part of his job as the national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, which was the chief Vatican fundraiser for overseas missions. He never asked for money or donations, but they poured in anyway. On a normal week, the donations added up to $16,500 from viewers and sponsors. Sheen himself made $26,000 a night and he donated every penny to charity. Besides being on television one night a week, he was also the start of a weekly national radio show, The Catholic Hour, which already had millions of followers.Sheen retired from television in the fall of 1957 and it is widely believed that Cardinal Francis Spellman drove him off the air because Sheen left during the height of his popularity. After he did so, he was not welcome for a while in the churches of New York. Cardinal Spellman cancelled Sheen’s annual Good Friday sermon and he discouraged people from befriending the bishop. Sheen was never angry at the bishop, as he said, “Love even those who ridicule us.” Sheen went so far to praise the bishop in his autobiography.Fulton Sheen first got the idea to write when he left for Louvain in September of 1921. Sheen wrote seventy-three books in all starting in 1925 and finishing on his death bed in 1979. His first book, God and Intelligence in Modern Philosophy, was written while he was studying at Louvain. The work was a success and inspired him to write three other books, all on the subject of philosophy. He continued to write throughout his life, even when he was a full time parish priest. Sheen’s books were so popular that they frequently sold out and companies could not keep up with the demand.The most popuar of Sheen’s books are The Life of Christ and Treasure in Clay, his autobiography. The Life of Christ is considered to be the greatest work ever done on Christ’s life. It is also considered the most eloquent of Sheen’s works. It was the first book after Sheen had retired from television and because a big hit with people everywhere. Stores could not keep the book in stock because it was so popular. It was also very popular because people wanted Sheen’s message because they missed him on television.Treasure in Clay, Sheen’s autobiography, was finished in 1979, when Sheen was on his deathbed. In the last couple of chapters, a sense of urgency to
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  • Pages: 5 (1250 words)
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  • Subject: Biographies
  • Level: Undergraduate
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