Fulton J. Sheen

(1895–1979)

Fulton J. Sheen

Anecdote 1...

In Baltimore to address an interfaith rally, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was greeted by applause upon his appearance. He raised a hand for silence, then said:

“When you applaud me at the start, that’s faith; midway through, that’s hope. But, ah, my dear friends, if you applaud me at the end, that will be charity!”

Quote-worthy...

I feel it is time that I also pay tribute to my four writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

~Fulton J. Sheen

Anecdote 2...

Having studied his contract for a television program in detail, the bishop came to the conclusion: “The big print giveth and the fine print taketh away.”

Biographical Note: 

Fulton John Sheen was a U.S. Roman Catholic priest, educator, and author; created a bishop in 1951 and later made archbishop. He broadcast regularly on the radio from 1930 and was an instructor of Catholic converts. His writings include The Moral Universe (1936) and War and Guilt (1941), and Life of Christ. His writing is easy and personal, though the insights are profound. Here is a list of his writings that are available for purchase online.