Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois, president of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation, received word Tuesday that the seven-member theological commission that advises the Congregation of Saints’ Causes unanimously agreed that a reported miracle should be attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
The case involved a stillborn baby born in September 2010. For over an hour the child demonstrated no signs of life as medical professionals attempted every possible life saving procedure, while the child’s parents and loved ones began immediately to seek the intercession of Fulton Sheen.
After 61 minutes the baby was restored to full life and over three years later demonstrates a full recovery.
The decision by the theologians comes after the March 2014 vote by the team of Vatican medical experts who affirmed that they could find no natural explanation for the child’s healing.
With the recommendations of the medical experts and now the theologians, the case will next be reviewed by the cardinals and bishops who advise the Pope on these matters.
Finally, the miracle would be presented to Pope Francis who would then officially affirm that God performed a miracle through the intercession of Fulton Sheen.
There is no timeline as to when these next steps might move forward. Should Pope Francis validate this proposed miracle, Archbishop Sheen could then be declared “Blessed” in a ceremony that could be celebrated in Peoria, Sheen’s hometown.
Upon the Holy Father signing the decree for the beatification, an additional miracle would be needed to lead to the canonization of Archbishop Sheen.
For more information about Fulton Sheen and the Cause for his canonization, visit: ArchbishopSheenCause.org.