Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s remains to return to Peoria from New York

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NEW YORK, NY.- The Catholic News Agency said Saturday that the Archdiocese of New York will help transfer the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen back to Peoria. 

A spokesman for the archdiocese told CNA the decision comes after the end of a lengthy legal battle over the burial place. 

“We have been informed that the New York Court of Appeals has denied further appeal of the New York Supreme Court decision upholding Joan Cunningham’s petition to disinter Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s mortal remains from under the altar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where they have rested for nearly 40 years,” Joseph Zwilling, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of New York, told CNA.

CNA reports the denial of the appeal to keen Sheen’s remains in New York was handed down by the New York Court of Appeals on Friday, June 7.

“While we did not initiate this matter, the Trustees of St. Patrick’s and the Archdiocese believed that it was not simply their duty, but a solemn obligation, to seek to uphold Archbishop Sheen’s last wishes, as directed in his Will, to be buried in New York – a position held until recently by Joan Cunningham herself,” Zwilling said.

A date for when the remains will return has not yet been confirmed. Sheen’s remains will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria.

Photo Courtesy of CNA.

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