Bishop Sheen, Rosie the Riveter, and the War’s Greatest Casualty

Thomas Reeves, the author ofAmerica’s Bishop,” a biography of Fulton J. Sheen, tells of Sheen’s concerns regarding what he saw as the accelerated secularization occuring during WWII. Reeves mentions in particular the bishop’s 1944 book Seven Pillars of Peace where the subject is treated.

This secularization involved the breakdown of the family which Sheen saw as doing “irreparable damage to the nations youth” and to the “eighteen million women” (and their husbands) employed in American war industries. And he was convinced that the Rosie the Riveter induction campaign was not always motivated by necessity. For many it was simply a desire to make more money. And the government knew it.

The home in consequence was being torn apart, the bishop said. “And what kind of peace” he asked, “will we have if, during the war, these mothers turn out future mothers with a sordid background of disease and crime?”

He said “our soldiers at the front are entitled” to good homes, wives and children, when they return, “or else the fighting is all in vain. This war’s greatest casualty so far,” he said, “is—- the American home.”

Fulton J . Sheen was indeed a prophet. — SH


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