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The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sheen Cause Suspended, Call for Prayer

It is with immense sadness that the Most Reverend Daniel R. J enky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria and
President of the Archbishop Fulton J . Sheen Foundation, announced today that the Cause for
Sheens beatification and canonization has for the foreseeable future been suspended. The
process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only
awaited a vote of the Cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication
that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the
coming year. The Holy See expected that the remains of Venerable Sheen would be moved to
Peoria where official inspection would be made and first class relics be taken. Subsequently, the
Archdiocese of New York denied Bishop J enkys request to move the body to Peoria. After
further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen Cause would now have to be
relegated to the Congregations historic archive.

Countless supporters especially from the local church in Central Illinois have given their time,
treasure and talent for this good work with the clear understanding that the body of Venerable
Sheen would return to the Diocese. Bishop J enky was personally assured on several occasions
by the Archdiocese of New York that the transfer of the body would take place at the appropriate
time. New Yorks change of mind took place as the work on behalf of the Cause had reached a
significant stage.

Bishop J enky is what is technically called the actor of the Sheen Cause. The Diocese of Peoria
and the Sheen Foundation have prayed and labored for this good work for the last twelve years.
The Bishop is heartbroken not only for his flock in Peoria but also for the many supporters of the
Sheen Cause from throughout the world who have so generously supported Peorias efforts. It
should be noted, however, that saints are always made by God not by man. Efforts for many
causes have sometimes taken decades or even centuries. Bishop J enky urges that those who
support the Sheen Cause continue their prayers that Gods will be made manifest.

No further comment will be released at this time.

Catholic Diocese of Peoria
Spalding Pastoral Center
419 N.E. Madison Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603