Church Scolded Joe About Monroe

'You never should have married her in the first place,' bishop told DiMaggio
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 9, 2009 5:19 AM CDT
Former New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio tips his hat to the cheers of fans attending Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium in 1987.   (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
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(Newser) – A Catholic bishop scolded divorced Joltin' Joe Dimaggio for marrying Marilyn Monroe—and the famous slugger never talked to the cleric again, reports the New York Post. After DiMaggio's marriage to Monroe dissolved, Bishop Fulton Sheen told him: "You had no business marrying her in the first place," a friend recalled. The Yankee "told Sheen where to go and never spoke to the bishop again."

But DiMaggio remained a steadfast Catholic and often attended Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. "Few people knew how devout a Catholic he was," said his friend. DiMaggio died 10 years ago yesterday.