Religion: Converter on Wax

How does he do it? What divine—or possibly sinister—gift does the man possess? This question has often struck dazed spectators of thin, hollow-eyed Msgr. Fulton John Sheen's success, year after year, in converting Americans to Catholicism—Columnist Heywood Broun, Capitalist Henry Ford II, Communist Louis Budenz, Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce and hundreds of others.

Last week students of the phenomenon were given a valuable specimen of the Monsignor's art: a record album (Angelus Recording, $6.75) containing eight of his best speeches. Protestants who felt they could safely risk exposure to Sheen's preachments could satisfy their curiosity. Catholics could admire the voice of...

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