A seven-member board of medical experts have unanimously approved a reported miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Archbishop Sheen is best remembered as the host of the popular 1950s television show “Life is Worth Living.”
The medical panel, assembled by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, reported that they found no natural explanation for the survival of a child who was delivered stillborn, and whose heart did not resume beating until 61 minutes after his birth. The child, James Fulton Engstrom, is now 3 years old and remains in good health.
The next step in the process of beatification involves the review of the cause by a board of Vatican theologians. If approved, the cause would go to the cardinals and bishops who advise the pope on these matters. Lastly, the miracle would be presented to Pope Francis, who may then affirm that God performed a miracle through the intercession of Archbishop Sheen.
Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, Bishop of Peoria and President of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation, said in a press release:
“Today is a significant step in the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of our beloved Fulton Sheen, a priest of Peoria and a Son of the Heartland who went on to change the world. There are many more steps ahead and more prayers are needed. But today is a good reason to rejoice.”
For more on Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for canonization, visit The Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation.
You can also visit A Knotted Life, the web site of Bonnie Engstrom, the mother of the child whose life was saved.