Sheen Heading Home?

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  March 7, 2019   

Abp. Fulton Sheen: The false prophet will set up a counter-church

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It's good that Abp. Fulton Sheen's body might soon be moving to the diocese of Peoria, Illinois so that his canonization can move forward. His teachings and insights are needed more than ever at this period in the Church's history.

One such insight was a parallel magisterium that would be fabricated by Judases within the Church. Sheen wrote about this in a 1948 book titled Communism and the Conscience of the West. Speaking of this false church and the one who'll promote it, Sheen writes:

Christ's Church the Catholic 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 anti-christ. 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.

Sheen continues:

He will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ.

In an address to U.S. bishops at their general assembly in November of 2013, the then-apostolic nuncio to the United States, Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, brought up a similar theme. Quoting a 1976 address given by Pope John Paul II to U.S. bishops before his election to the papacy, Viganò stated:

We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.

Watch the panel discuss the need for one man to be canonized in The Download—Sheen Heading Home?

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