Fulton J. Sheen: Greatest Televangelist


Born today was Bishop Sheen*

Who spoke of God's love on the screen.

He said we're good, but often ain't.

And soon he'll be declared a saint.


*In his own words:

1. "Capitalism denies that economics is subject to a higher moral order."

2. "Some will not look on suffering because it creates responsibility."

3. "Right is right if nobody is right and wrong is wrong if everybody is wrong."

4. "We need a modification of the wage system, so that the worker may share in theĀ  profits, ownership or management of his industry. When labor leaders and capitalists thus agree together to give labor some capital to defend, there will no longer be two rival groups in industry. Labor and management will become two co-operating members working together, as the two legs of a man co-operate to help him walk."

5." A nation always gets the kind of politicians it deserves."

6."Economic activity is not the end of human life, but the servant of human life."

7."The right of a man to a living wage is prior to the right of return on investment."

8. "The Christian concept of politics is that government exists for the common good of all."

9. "There is a closer relationship between Communism and monopolistic Capitalism than most minds suspect. They are agreed on the materialistic basis of civilization. They disagree only on who shall control that basis, capitalists or bureaucrats."

10. At the end of every telecast: "God loves you. Good night."


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  • At one time I thought he was God because he was the only messenger on nationwide TV.

    Also, the quiz of the day: Give:
    1. His nonoffspring named after him.
    2. That person's real name.
    3. Person 1's offspring.
    4. Person 3's real name.

  • In reply to jack:

    I love quizzes. Thanks for this one, Jack.

    My answers (off the top of my head, mind you) are:

    1. Martin Sheen
    2. Martin Estavez
    3. Charley Sheen
    4. Carlos Estavez

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    #2 is incorrect. First name was Ramon.

    I had also commented that it was predictable that someone with self esteem problems from Cincinnati would name himself after someone from Rochester.

    Also, when the Two and a Half Men controversy came up, I thought it strange that someone named Carlos Estevez would be pulling the Chaim Levine card on Chuck Lorre.

  • Good post! The quotes are great addition, too.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thanks for visiting, Weather Girl. Your kind words are appreciated.

  • 1. Capitalism is a tool that should be used by humans who realize a higher moral order.

    2. I agree with this, people would rather throw money at the problem and never teach the alleviation of said suffering thru personal responsibility.

    3. This sure as h*ll doesn't play in our 'everything is allowed' society.

    4. How can this happen with porous borders, that allow an endless supply of high and low skilled labor?

    5. Perfect example of the collective shadow.

    6. True!

    7. See number 4

    8. Agreed, but the all don't always know the common good, hence the Republic.

    9. We no longer have a difference.

    10. Amen.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Thanks, 4zen, as always, for your perspective.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    On the capitalism point, that reminds me of a Father Guido Sarducci routine:

    FGS: Jesus didn't have female disciples.
    Heckler: Jesus didn't have a collection plate either.
    FGS: You sure? Maybe a collection urn.

    I was too young, but I suppose Sheen had a collection urn, too, and also the question is whether he was engaged in capitalism in getting on nationwide TV. I guess he would have said moral capitalism, in that despite his elaborate robe, he still took a vow of poverty.

  • In reply to jack:

    Why stop there? How about,

    "Why did God create goys?"
    "Somebody has to buy retail."

    I'm sure you have a million of em'.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I noted that that one was from Guido, who was presumably a Catholic (even Don Novello, his creator).

    Also, the one you had is usually heard in the converse. And, of course,there is Jesus Saves, Moses Invests.

  • Yes, you noted, and I have noted your...tendencies.

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