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Archbishop Fulton Sheen : A Man for All Media, by Gregory Joseph Ladd

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 Contents - Mar 2004AD2000 March 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Archbishop Wilson's challenge for educators - Michael Gilchrist
Red Mass Homily: Can Lawyers Be Saints? - Bishop Anthony Fisher
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Ad limina 2004: The 'Statement of Conclusions' five years on - Michael Gilchrist
Archaeology: Macquarie University's latest papyrus fragments shed light on early Christianity - Peter Westmore
USA: American bishops critical of their RE texts - Zenit News Service
USA: Pro-abortion politicians put on notice - AD2000
HIV/AIDS: A Catholic approach to AIDS: value-based behaviour change - Sr Miriam Duggan
World AIDS Day: A Cardinal, AIDS and the BBC - Msgr Peter J. Elliott
Virtue ethics: Challenging our contemporary culture's flawed worldview - Hayden Ramsey
Wisdom from the 17th century: an anonymous nun's prayer
Letters: Tabernacle (letter) - Rosemary Chandler
Letters: Human life (letter) - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: Social Justice Statement (letter)
Poetry: TERESA : A tribute to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta - John Meston
Letters: Inspiring (letter) - Fr Joseph Medwin
Letters: Scripture and the Magisterium - John Frey
Letters: Missal (letter) - John Rayner
Events: Albury-Melbourne Life Walk (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: African Rosary and Prayer Book Appeal (letter) - Obour Isaac
Books: John Henry Newman on the pre-eminent place of the Blessed Virgin in Christianity - Leo Madigan (reviewer)
Books: Lord, Have Mercy : The Healing Power of Confession, by Scott Hahn - Paul Russell (reviewer)
Books: Archbishop Fulton Sheen : A Man for All Media, by Gregory Joseph Ladd - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
CD Review: FOLLOW ME : The life of Jesus for children, by Zak Zreikat - Joe Padero (reviewer)
Books: THE HEADLONG TRAFFIC : Poems and Prose 1997 to 2002, by Bruce Dawe - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Music: Reflections for Peace, Joy and Serenity, by Melanie and Christopher Duluk - Paul Russell (reviewer)
Books: AD Books - More new titles for 2004
Reflection: Scholarship, truth and Divine Revelation - Fr John O'Neill

ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN: A Man for All Media
by Gregory Joseph Ladd

(San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 2001, 144pp, $49.95. Available from AD Books)

Apart from being a prolific writer himself, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has inspired a host of biographical publications since his death in 1979, including the present very attractively produced 'coffee table' style hardcover book.

A Man for All Media consists of a vast array of photographs and quotations from Sheen's broadcasts, sermons, articles and books.

For anyone interested in this legendary media priest, or in recent Church history generally, this is a 'must have' book. For younger Catholics, it will come as a revelation and hopefully a source of inspiration.

Those of this writer's generation will recall Sheen's weekly prime time television program Life is Worth Living during the 1950s (in black and white) which was as much a part of mainstream viewing patterns as I Love Lucy, The Untouchables, The Honeymooners and Sergeant Bilko.

The perennially youthful looking Bishop Sheen, with his movie star looks and charisma, put religious issues firmly in the public square with an assurance and effectiveness that religious leaders today would envy. His wit, logic, wide knowledge and eloquence captivated US audiences in the tens of millions - as well as millions of other TV viewers around the world, including Australia. His numerous no-nonsense, easy to read religious books were also best-sellers.

Admittedly these were more innocent times, when basic Christian values were still part of the cultural "centre". Yet, within that less complicated, less threatening environment, Fulton Sheen stood up confidently for the truths of Christianity and Catholicism and wielded extraordinary influence over a vast number of people.

Such a person in such a role is needed more than ever today to defend Christian and family values against the relentless incursions of the feminist- and 'gay'-biased mass media and entertainment industry.

As this book notes in its preface, a poll taken in 1999 to determine the "Top 100 Catholics of the Twentieth Century" saw Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen finish fourth behind Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Padre Pio. He was certainly in lofty company.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 2 (March 2004), p. 17

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