News Friend on high by Jeffrey Miller July 11, 2005 written by Jeffrey Miller July 11, 2005 Here is a short interview with Fr. Fessio which ends with an interesting reason for why he became a priest. 6 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Haugen-Haas next post You may also like Phil Visher October 7, 2006 Bishops and Saints December 14, 2006 Eternal Rest Grant Him Lord June 5, 2004 Survey: 'The Passion' May Be Reducing Anti-Semitism March 16, 2004 Women�s Dignity Not Tied to Ordination, Says Bishop June 14, 2007 Our Lady of Guadalupe 'completely beyond' scientific explanation,... August 9, 2009 You really love me January 13, 2004 All in a Dei's work September 14, 2005 Like a Wine-Stoned Cowboy November 25, 2003 EU Slams Vatican June 27, 2004 6 comments Paul Mankowski December 31, 1969 - 7:00 pm I don’t think Fr. Fessio allows women to work side by side with him. They’ve got cooties. Reply Sean Gallagher July 11, 2005 - 10:09 pm It’d be interesting to know if the girl who entered the convent is still in it and, if she is, if she and Fr. Fessio would be able to work side by side now. Reply lourdes July 12, 2005 - 9:52 am There’s got to be a more in depth explanation of this….but Fr. Fessio sure knows how to give the media their soundbites. On the cootie issue….there were a lot of male/female saints who worked together establishing religious orders, etc…..I don’t know why there doesn’t seem to be the same sort of parallel nowadays. Maybe JPII/ Mother Teresa. Part of the problem may be the blending of identity of genders in our modern culture….. or maybe it’s the cooties. Reply Sean Gallagher July 12, 2005 - 12:39 pm What about Hans Urs von Balthasar and Adrienne von Speyr? Yeah, neither of them have been beatified, but they both had a reputation for holiness while they lived. Reply Alyssa July 12, 2005 - 1:18 pm My best friend and I are doing the same thing. I am enterring the convent in September and my best friend will be a seminarian. We have worked side by side for almost 7 years now and are a lot like Francis and Clare. We dated for three months and that was a big part of discernment for both of us! Reply Teresa July 13, 2005 - 1:50 am Way to go Alyssa (and I just said a prayer for the both of you!). I agree with Lourdes. It was always understood that religious orders were strengthened by having both the male and female communities working together, under the same charism, but with appreciation to the specific graces given only to women and those only to men. They were and are in harmony with one another. While our local Capuchin brothers do some terrific work for the homeless, they started with the understanding that they needed their Poor Clares as soon as possible (and got them, praise God!). They felt they were without a limb without their sisters with them. The reaction by some who may feel Fr. Fessio (and others like him) are “anti-woman,” I believe, comes from our culture’s disdain to recognize any unique difference between men and women. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.