After Holy Mass this morning at the Tyburns, there was a vivacious conversation which included a Postulator General who, besides work for his own congregation, has the privilege of presenting other cases given to him by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Troublemaker that I am, I asked a thousand questions about the cause of the Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He dismissed all the conjectures given by so many Catholic journalists as so much irrelevant rubbish. Not one of those things is an obstacle. None of those things are essential. All of those problems can be dispensed and all interested parties would know this.
We then spoke of something he thought was much more relevant, on account of which all those other theories are put into play as a kind of smokescreen, not by the Congregation, but possibly by other interested parties or parties with ulterior motives. He said that political interference of the secular world was almost a constant. And then it is a matter of prudence.
We spoke of the example of China, and how John Paul II did not canonize the thousands who could easily have been raised to the altar. But he did canonize 120 martyrs, but even with this, he said, the Pontiff faced great opposition: it is unimaginable that any other would have successfully faced this opposition. John Paul II, because of his own great suffering and holiness, he said somehow was able to forge ahead.
I mentioned that Fulton Sheen was held by Communist Russia back in the day to be their number one enemy. There is still a great persecution of the faith there. My interlocutor said that it is extremely possible that there is a great deal of pressure being applied to stop this cause, none of which has anything to do with the famed Archbishop.
In the end, it is a matter of prayer, so that the prudential judgement of a few regarding expedience regarding pressure may become un-blocked by a prudential judgement favoring an opportunity for souls.