Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American bishop of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. He was supposed to be beatified due to a miracle which involved the unexplained recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, a stillborn boy who was born to Bonnie and Travis Engstrom from Goodfield, near Peoria. Both parents prayed for the intercession of Sheen for their son’s recovery, who did. Pope Pope Francis approved the miracle, and Sheen was scheduled for beatification on December 21, 2019, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria. But then, on 3rd December 2019, the Diocese of Peoria announced that the Holy See had decided that Sheen’s beatification would be ‘postponed’. As of August 2023, the Holy See has not yet announced if or when the beautification will take place.

Here is what he wrote in the book Communism and the Conscience of the West of 1948 about the rising of the false prophet which will be recruited from Catholic bishops and how Satan will bring about a false Church.

Is this where we are heading now?

“[Satan] will set up a Counter-church, which will be the ape of the Church. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content…. The False Prophet will have a religion without a cross. A religion without a world to come. A religion to destroy religions. There will be a counterfeit Church. Christ’s Church will be one, and the False Prophet will create the other. The false Church will be worldly, ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches and religions, forming some type of global association, a world parliament of Churches. It will be emptied of all divine content; it will be the mystical body of the Antichrist. The Mystical Body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot, and he will be the False Prophet. Satan will recruit him from our bishops.”

—Archbishop Fulton J Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1948), 24–25.

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