July 17, 2019

Wednesday (Moderated) Open Thread (071719)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items which they believe need to be known. Rules are here.

Positivity: Archbishop Fulton Sheen to be beatified

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Jul 6, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis approved the miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen Friday, making possible the American television catechist’s beatification.

The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the decree approving Sheen’s miracle on July 6.

The miracle involves the unexplained recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, a boy born apparently stillborn in September 2010 to Bonnie and Travis Engstrom of the Peoria-area town of Goodfield. He showed no signs of life as medical professionals tried to revive him. The child’s mother and father prayed to Archbishop Sheen to heal their son.

A seven-member panel of medical experts advising the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave unanimous approval of the miracle attributed to the famous television personality and evangelist in March 2014.

Archbishop Sheen was a beloved television catechist during the 1950s and 60s in the United States. His Emmy-award winning television show “Life is Worth Living” reached an audience of millions.

Sheen was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois at the age of 24, and was appointed auxiliary bishop of New York in 1951, where he remained until his appointment as Bishop of Rochester, New York in 1966. He retired in 1969 and moved back to New York City until his death in 1979.

On June 27, Sheen’s remains were transferred from the Archdiocese of New York to Peoria, Illinois following a long legal battle over the late archbishop’s burial place that had put Sheen’s sainthood cause on hold.

The Peoria diocese opened the cause for Sheen’s canonization in 2002, after Archdiocese of New York said it would not explore the case. In 2012, Benedict XVI recognized the heroic virtues of the archbishop.

In September 2014, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria suspended Sheen’s cause on the grounds that the Holy See expected Sheen’s remains to be in the Peoria diocese.

Fulton Sheen’s niece Joan Cunningham filed a legal complaint in 2016 seeking to have her uncle’s remains moved to the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria. The Archdiocese of New York repeatedly appealed the attempt to transfer Sheen’s remains to Peoria.

On June 7, the New York Court of Appeals denied further appeal of the New York Supreme Court decision upholding Cunningham’s petition and later that month Sheen’s remains were moved to Peoria.

No date has been given for Sheen’s beatification. Another recognized miracle attributed to Sheen would lead to his canonization as a saint. …

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Positivity: 7-Year-Old Boy Saves Sister’s Life After She Has Seizure in Swimming Pool

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Brantley County, Georgia (video at WJAX link):

Published July 3, 2019 at 8:38am

Some siblings don’t always get along. Brothers and sisters are often expected to bicker and annoy one another. However, a sister and brother duo from Georgia are reminding everyone how incredible a sibling bond can be.

The two were in the family’ s pool on a hot summer day when 20-year-old Morgan Smith realized something was wrong.

The woman told WJAX that she was sitting on the pool ladder’s bottom step as dark spots filled her vision. Suddenly, Smith began to lose her balance.

Although she doesn’t remember what happened next, her 7-year-old brother Aiden McCullough watched her tip backward into the water. He immediately realized that his sister was in terrible danger.

“I was thinking like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God. She’s going to die,’” McCullough said.

At just 7 years old, the boy knew exactly what to do to save his sister’s life. Screaming for help, he grabbed Smith’s hair to lift her out of the water. Soon, the adults came running.

Smith, who was having a seizure, likely would have drowned without his help. Thanks to her little brother’s quick reaction, she survived the incident unscathed.

When asked how he knew what to do, McCullough smiled and shrugged.

“I don’t know. I just done it,” he said.

The two siblings have always been close, but this situation has solidified their strong bond. Smith has never been more thankful to have such a little brother. …

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