Al Smith is the editor of five best-selling books featuring the writings of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He has served the Church for fifteen years as a Catholic evangelist, radio host, writer, Internet broadcaster, and retreat director. Al's work as the director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada and board member of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation in Peoria, Illinois, which promotes the cause of Fulton J. Sheen's canonization process has provided Al with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the works of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.


During an episode of the Driving Home the Faith Show on Sacred Heart Radio, Al Smith discusses with Fr. Rob Jack some of the content found in this book written by Fulton Sheen in 1941 titled 'A Declaration of Dependence'.  They also discuss his latest anthology titled 'War and Peace' which contains five of Sheen's books from the 1940's.


The book 'A Declaration of Dependence' reveals the shocking truth you need to know in a world riddled by irrationality, emotionalism, and violence. Religion is under attack, whether from totalitarian governments or modern education. Our tacit submission to politics, “freedom,” and science has made us slaves to a diabolical New Atheism and fear.

With his prescient wit, wisdom, and fervor, Archbishop Fulton Sheen provides clarity amid propagandist lies and pagan societies united in purpose to destroy. He reminds us why we must fear what kills the soul more than what kills the body. He exposes the false prophets and philosophies at work in the world and the many “believers” who no longer worship or act in accordance with their beliefs.

Archbishop Sheen masterfully decries the divisions and hatreds in America, explaining how we have turned from God and are on the precipice, that there is “too much tolerance of evil and not enough intolerance of injustice.” The chastisements the world is facing, he declares, are a consequence of its sins; they are the result of our abandonment of God, our idolatry; and man’s attempts to replace God serve only to show that the world is devoid of goodness without His presence. By declaring ourselves independent of God, we have brought down His wrath and made ourselves slaves to the world, the flesh, and the devil. Archbishop Sheen invites us to examine our consciences to see how we have, in fact, caused the wars in the world.

By reading this book you will see how “isms” control people where the seeds have been planted for them to be controlled. You will learn how, throughout history, God punishes to destroy evil and, at the same time, to heal His sons from their sins. In addition, you will absorb the future saint’s teachings on:

The presence of the Antichrist in history

The cause of war — whether or not it is just — and where its greatest tragedy lies

How to truly fight for peace, justice, and unity in our country and among nations

The standard to which all Christians should hold themselves Why the Church is opposed to extreme militarism and pacifism

Why those without conscience persecute those with conscience Best of all, Archbishop Sheen explains how God’s wrath is not capricious but is a consequence of our actions, how He is good and loving and will not let us drown in our sins, and how the key to our restoration — repentance — is readily in our grasp.


In the book War and Peace, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen recognized that modern atheism was a new type of Messianism threatening to beguile and conquer humanity. 

Sheen stressed the use of reason as the unparalleled countermeasure to deceptive communism. The first three books contained in this anthology are a collection of Sheen’s classic Catholic Hour radio addresses that were heard by millions of listeners in the 1930s and 1940s. Here, in a single compilation, are Bishop Sheen’s most clearly delineated investigations into the underlying causes of communism — every bit as relevant today as when he spoke them — along with an entirely sound and hopeful program for defeating it. 

In the fourth book of this anthology, The Philosophies of War, Sheen addresses the confusion felt by most people who were dissatisfied with the ephemeral and superficial commentaries about World War II. Like a master surgeon, Sheen applies the sharp scalpel of his crystal-clear logic to lay open the sources of the world’s infection. The fifth book, Seven Pillars of Peace, presents the principles upon which Sheen believes the foundations for a just and lasting peace must be built.

By making these five powerful resources your own, you’ll have in one volume the means to thrive spiritually in our current seemingly desperate time. Drawing from biblical, cultural, and contemporary examples, Sheen will show you:

  • The spirit of the Antichrist, immoral leaders, education, and societies 

  • How personal sin is sickening our culture — and the cure for this “pandemic”

  • The proper understanding of and instinctive human need for authentic freedom, justice, and love

  • The need to unite for personal rights, including freedom of conscience

  • Why it is crucial to be intolerant of evil and embrace a divine solution

  • How America must choose to repent in order to overcome our present crisis

Most notably, Archbishop Sheen proclaims the hope of Christ’s Cross and the immeasurable power of His resurrected love. He exhorts us to carry our individual fragments of the beam. It is always darkest before the dawn, Sheen teaches. Times of discouragement are moments when great spiritual transformations can occur. If we return to God and do penance, we will attain interior peace. The future of America’s freedom and restoration as a constitutional republic depend on our decision now — to obediently trust in God.


To order these books, please visit the Sophia Institute Press website at and remember to use the promo code of 'SHEEN25" to receive a 25% discount when you buy two books or more.


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