Monday, June 14, 2010

Bishop Fulton Sheen Documentary: Excerpt From a Review

Well, that's interesting:
Hell Burns (June 13, 2010)

"The new one-hour documentary, 'Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen—Servant of All,' is a succinct and inspiring introduction to the life and work of the Servant of God. The DVD was produced by the diocese of Peoria, IL, who are very enthusiastic and eager that their native son reach the glory of the altars! What is more important to the makers and collaborators on this film, is that Sheen be known by a new generation of Catholics.

"What is Sheen most known for? For being a media priest, and later a media bishop. He was the only priest ever to be offered a religious show on prime-time TV. 'Life Is Worth Living,' a mixture of humor and religious instruction, became so popular (even beating out 'Mr. TV' himself, Milton Berle, in the ratings) that Sheen also has the distinction of the being the only priest with an Emmy for 'Most Outstanding Personality.' He may well be the only priest with an Emmy, period. The Jewish Milton Berle, known as 'Uncle Milty' on his TV show, had no problem sharing the limelight with Fulton Sheen, and began calling him 'Uncle Fulty.'..."
The DVD review is also a sort of mini-biography of Fulton Sheen. I remember him - but I remember when Hula-Hoops were a fad. Folks who were born after, say, 1960, may not have heard all that much about "Uncle Fulty." What's remarkable, I think, about Fulton Sheen is that he wasn't just a 'star,' or a performer. He was remarkably good at using the mid-20th-century's dominant media: television. He was also a highly intelligent Catholic: and one who knew Who was in charge.

That's a pretty good overview of Fulton Sheen & the DVD-format documentary. And, there's a link at the end for folks who want to buy a copy.

I can think of worse ways to spend a few bucks.

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