My comment on this piece in the National Catholic Register. (And yes, I have strong feelings on this issue.) "Sheen wished to be buried in New York yes, but in another cemetery. He was buried in St. Pat's at the request of Cardinal Egan. So to say, "He wanted to be buried in NY" isn't the full story.
Second, to continue, the Cause needs the body exhumed for the collection of relics. There is nothing more Bishop Jenky can do without permission from the Archdiocese of NY to remove the body of Sheen from the crypt. You say that the Archdiocese has agreed to send the body to Peoria for the beatification ceremony but the ceremony cannot take place with out the examination of the body and collection of relics. This has been the practice of the Church for centuries and should not surprise anyone.
And for the record, you can "visit" Sheen at St. Pat's by standing at the top of the staircase, behind a guardrail, and peering down into the crypt. You can get closer to the saints in St. Peter's than to Sheens body.
The Archdiocese of NY had the chance to pick up this cause and passed it on. Peoria has done the work and deserves the cooperation of NY to finish what Sheen's hometown diocese started. In his lifetime, Sheen could never have imaged the dispute over his cause, but I believe any humble Catholic would want done with their remains whatever is best for the Church as a whole and not any wishes they had while still on this earth.
Perhaps the Archdiocese is actually interested in keeping the body nearby to attract more tourists to their new "Sheen Center" (http://sheencenter.org/about/
) rather then drawing pilgrims."