Roman Catholics: New Career for Sheen

In his long career, the Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen was best known as a maker of famous converts and a magnetic television preacher. He never had to bother with pastoral duties. Inevitably, after Pope Paul VI named him Bishop of Rochester, N.Y., last November, the question arose: How would the celebrated Catholic evangelist perform as head of a modest diocese? "Spectacularly well" seems to be the answer.

Before he moved to Rochester, Sheen, 71, had something of a reputation as a churchly conservative, but he has turned out to be a highly imaginative innovator. "Introducing democracy into administration,"...

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