Fulton J. Sheen, the leading American Catholic of the twentieth century, became familiar to a generation of Americans as the radiant figure in full bishop's robes who held the nation spellbound during the 1950s on his television show, Life Is Worth Living.
The American Catholic Church's most charismatic presence over several decades, Sheen was also its chief evangelist. Among his thousands of converts were celebrities such as Clare Booth Luce and Henry Ford II, and former Communists Louis Budenz and Elizabeth Bentley. Reeves discusses these conversions and Sheen's close friendship with J. Edgar Hoover, and details for the first time the struggle between Sheen and his chief rival, Francis Cardinal Spellman, a battle of ecclesiastical titans that led all the way to the Pope and to Sheen's final humiliation and exile.
The result of interviews with dozens of Sheen's friends, family members and church colleagues as well as the unearthing of important new material at the Sheen Archives in Rochester, New York, America's Bishop is the first in-depth portrait of this flamboyant churchman and intellectual, and a social history of Catholicism in America during the twentieth century.