Our government has been keeping track of Catholic leaders for decades. One of the leaders it closely tracked was Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
For those of you who are too young to know who he was, Archbishop Sheen was the face of Catholicism for decades years in the USA. He had wildly popular weekly TV and radio shows that he hosted for a national audience for almost 40 years. He was also an author, columnist and considered one of the best preachers of the 20th Century.
This meant that the FBI kept detailed notes on him. Many of these files have been made public (with many redactions) for several years. Interesting to note that Sheen had an ongoing correspondence with J. Edgar Hoover, the Director of the FBI. A few of the files are about allegations Sheen had sympathies for the Fascists. He did not and I don’t think the FBI bought those either.
Some other correspondence was because the Communists didn’t like him, because he was very vocal about opposing them. So, Hoover and others supported his opposition and there was internal dialogue about it.
A quick search also found files on other Catholics, including:
What can we take away from this?
The FBI is still keeping files on Catholic leaders, but may consider Catholic leaders with more suspicion than they previously did (at least not as friendly toward the government as they were once). This is because the Bishops, and other Catholic leaders, are more outspoken against abortion, the death penalty, immigration, the HHS mandate, etc. I am sure that many leaders, both lay and clerics, have thick files on them.
We might remember this warning from Sheen:
“Totalitarians are fond of saying that Christianity is the enemy of the State-a euphemistic way of saying an enemy of themselves.” -Archbishop Fulton Sheen
I don’t think we are to that point of suspicion about the US government yet, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for our future.
Pray for our country and our leaders. (0)
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