The Heartbreak of Charlie Sheen's Dad

I didn't want to write about Charlie Sheen.  I don't watch his show, I don't care about the man and what he does.  But then I remembered seeing an interview with his father and brothers and suddenly I felt a bit of, I don't know, compassion perhaps, for his children and his siblings, but mostly his father.
In an interview I saw years ago, I remember Martin Sheen talking about his Catholic faith.  He took his name from Bishop Fulton Sheen.  When the interviewer asked if the rest of the family was also Catholic, one of the boys (I don't remember which one) said, "Dad is Catholic enough for all of us!"
Apparently he isn't.  Watching your son spin out of control in the public eye has to be the most excruciating thing a parent can go through.  I keep waiting to hear the news that they found Charlie Sheen dead, his glassy stare gazing up at some very expensive plumbing in a high end hotel bathroom, the goddesses in the other room weeping because their fifteen minutes of fame will be up shortly.
My husband and I try to lead our family by quiet example (and the occasional heated verbal viewpoint!), but our children are not out of control like Charlie Sheen.  But if they were, as a Catholic, I would be on my knees in a demanding prayer of all the saints and God to save my child!
I hope Martin Sheen finds comfort in his faith.  I hope through prayer, that he finds the tools he needs to save his son and heal his family.  From one parent to another, I will pray for him.

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  • As a Catholic myself, I haven't seen this much bizarre behavior since John the Baptist.

    Go Charlie Go!

  • I just happened to stumble upon this site and find myself compelled to comment on your (Mrs. Spano's) editorial on Charlie Sheen and his dad.

    As a Jewish parent, I agree 100% with what was written. I find this situation, being played out on the public stage, to be quite scary if not downright horrifying. As parents we do our very best to teach our children good citizenship, the importance of positive family and social ties, expose them to our religious beliefs - and most importantly the values behind them - then cross our fingers and hope for the best while continuing to offer whatever support and guidance they need and will accept going into adulthood.

    What makes this on-going scene with the Sheens so scary is that it reminds us all that no matter how hard we try to do the very best parenting job we can, ultimately the outcome inevitably must drift out of our hands.

    "Gwill" - The significance to "bizarre behavior," even in religious matters, is not the behavior (or mental illness for that matter) in and of itself, but what we choose to do with and/or in reaction to it. Unfortunately, the younger Sheen at least *appears* to have chosen to react to his emotional, mental and spiritual crisis by genuinely giving up and purporting to become representative of evil - in thought, speech and deed. He has concluded - and has said so himself - that trying to do otherwise had become too difficult for him. I know that there are many different causes for this result, but regardless the outcome remains as it is.

    I too hope and pray that some day soon Charlie will be able to calm down enough to be able to realize how many people he has and continues to hurt, to allow his conscience to get the better of him, to seek the help and guidance that he so desperately needs from outside of himself, and to allow his father and all of his other family members and true friends to regain the son, brother, father and friend that they all once had.

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