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‘My uncle, Fulton Sheen’

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.”

She adds:

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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