Sheen away from his ministry of evangelizing millions of people by use of the media. Cardinal Spellman and Bishop Sheen were notorious rivals. In 1957, it says, Spellman demanded that Bishop Fulton Sheen, director of the office of the Propagation of the Faith, pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars for surplus food the government had turned over to the cardinal. Spellman was furious.

Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Each time I noted with a smile that Cardinal Spellman and Archbishop Sheen are at least buried at opposite ends of the crypt!

Spellman met with Sheen and, again, Sheen refused, saying he (Sheen) will do what his superiors in Rome tell him to do. His tenure there was short lived and, despite his best efforts, marked by a good portion of self-admitted failure. Sheen refused, in part because it was a donation intended for the needy, and not for the church. Sheen has been an auxiliary to the Cardinal since 1951.

On the contrary, Cardinal Spellman of New York with whom Sheen often feuded, was known to move slower in the application of liturgical changes, while the Bishop of Rochester was eager to apply them and please Rome. Pope St. Paul VI appointed Sheen as bishop of Rochester, New York, in 1966, at the behest of New York’s Cardinal Francis Spellman. New York: Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, stands beside Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, right, during news conference in New York today. Spellman died and Abp. Nonetheless, he threw himself into the work.

The priest abuser remains a pastor and had a prominent role in national television coverage of the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria in 1919, Sheen quickly became a renowned theologian, earning the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy in 1923. Cardinal Spellman did not intervene in this transaction, but demanded that Bishop Sheen pay the New York archdiocese the dollar equivalent amount of the donation. Sheen refused and Spellman took the issue to Pope Pius XII, who sided with Sheen.

For those three years, however, the cares of the diocese in upstate New York took Abp. In the 1950s, Cardinal Spellman demanded Sheen share contributions to Catholic missions to support Church charities. Against the Traditions of Trent Archbishop Sheen was a gifted person and a very holy man. Bishop Sheen covered-up the crime. Sheen refused, in part because it was a donation intended for the needy, and not for the church. Download this stock image: Francis Cardinal Spellman with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.