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Moscow Spring?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 02, 2005

44 years after he entered the Society of Jesus, and 33 years after his ordination as a priest, Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., publisher of Catholic World Report and chancellor of Ave Maria University, has been informed that he will be permitted to take final vows as a Jesuit. That should put an end to scurrilous rumors of bias on the part of his superiors.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Feb. 03, 2005 1:30 AM ET USA

    May we hope that there is a pre-Spring thaw happening in the Society of Jesus... The "scurrilous rumors" would actually cease when all the orthodox Jesuits are permitted to take solemn vows... and when Father Fessio, SJ, or one of the other orthodox Jesuits is elected Superior General... and certain Provinces are suppressed... in the spirit of Saint Ignatius. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 02, 2005 9:15 PM ET USA

    This news is embarassing to the good Society of Jesus. It looks like you must invite pro abortion politicians to your campus, disagree with the Pope and Church teachings and generally go your own way in contradiction to the teachings of St. Ignatius. Every day in every way they become more and more marginalized. Will the last American Jesuit put out the lights!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 02, 2005 6:23 PM ET USA

    With a selection process like this, you would expect all Jesuits to be saints. Why is the reality so far from expectations?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 02, 2005 3:27 PM ET USA

    Father Fessio is finally allowed to seal his membership in the Society of Jesus shortly after President Bush sounds a clear trumpet of freedom from tyranny for all people.Coincidence?

  • Posted by: Zoromyster - Feb. 02, 2005 2:43 PM ET USA

    It was just a few years ago that the Jebbies wouldn't even let him be a part of the University -- ordering him to be a chaplain in a hospital. Father Fessio obediently assumed his position -- shortly to be given permission to run the University. Obviously, the order received some heavy criticism for their obvious silencing of a a great man. Professional jealousy is one of the greatest sins of the Order. Most Jesuits suffer from it due to their high intellect.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 02, 2005 9:50 AM ET USA

    You got to be kidding. He never was permitted to take his final vows? He is one of the best Jesuits in the United States. May God bless him.

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