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Vatican postpones Fulton Sheen beatification in Peoria

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GannettMedia on Dec 4 2019 from the Peoria Journal: The beatification of Fulton Sheen was delayed at the request of the bishop in Rochester, N.Y., the Peoria Diocese says. Until Wednesday night, the …More
GannettMedia on Dec 4 2019 from the Peoria Journal:

The beatification of Fulton Sheen was delayed at the request of the bishop in Rochester, N.Y., the Peoria Diocese says. Until Wednesday night, the Peoria Diocese had been circumspect in discussing Monday’s decision by the Vatican to indefinitely postpone the Dec. 21 ceremony — a rare balk at this stage of the process of beatification, one step short of sainthood. However, Monsignor James Kruse, a key cog in Peoria Diocese’s sainthood campaign for Sheen, decided to speak out after another report by the Catholic News Agency that Kruse said suggested Sheen did not act appropriately regarding a clergyman accused of sexual wrongdoing.

The Wednesday report — which the CNA later revised to include Kruse’s defense of Sheen — alleged that Sheen, bishop in Rochester from 1966 to 1969, allowed a priest accused of sexual abuse to head a Rochester parish. Kruse said that “months and months and months ago,” the Rochester Diocese had reported that allegation to the Peoria Diocese and the Vatican — both of which cleared Sheen after lengthy and separate investigations.