‘My uncle, Fulton Sheen’
Catholic World News - September 26, 2012
In an interview with Catholic World Report, Joan Sheen Cunningham recalls her uncle, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, whom Pope Benedict declared venerable in June.
“When I was age 10, [my father] sent me to New York to go to school, under the care of my uncle, Fulton Sheen,” she recalls. “He was like a second father to me.”
Since he was known for his generosity, people would often come up to ask him for money, telling him how they were down on their luck. He’d hand them $20. I’d ask him, “How do you know that they’re not putting you on, that they really need help?”
He’d answer, “I can’t take the chance.”
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