Let’s set the record straight: What does the Catholic Church really say about women?
In this episode of Catholicism Live!, three women answered this question. Mary Jane Fox hosted Catholic Women’s Conference Coordinator, Nan Balfour, and special guest Marge Fenelon – speaker at the 2012 Catholic Women’s Conference – to discuss what official documents and teachings of the Catholic Church actually say about women. Plus, we consider recent issues about whether women can “have it all” addressed in The Atlantic Magazine and NBC’s Meet the Press.
About our Guest: More than 15 years ago, Marge decided to leave behind the secular business world after several years as a public relations consultant, in order to focus her talents and energies on serving the Church and Catholic media. She is a longtime contributor to a variety of Catholic and secular publications – including Our Sunday Visitor and National Catholic Register. Also an author, Marge’s latest book “Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home,” has foreword written by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
Marge is a regular guest on Sacred Heart Radio’s “Son Rise Morning Show” and has appeared on many others, including “Conversation with the Cardinal” with Cardinal Dolan, Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air,” and Spirit Catholic Radio’s “Inside the Pages.” She’s an enthusiastic speaker and small group leader, and has invigorated audiences in a variety of venues. She holds a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Certificate in Spiritual Mentoring from Cardinal Stritch University, and a Certificate in Marian Studies from the International Marian Research Institute.
Marge and her husband, Mark, are members of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt and assist in the faith formation of young couples in the movement. They have four children ages 26 to 16 who, combined with a rocket of a dog named Daisy, configure the fun-loving and sometimes outrageous ‘Fenelon Clan.’
- Discussed this episode: popular article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All“
- Recommended reading: “Mulieris Dignitatem: On the Dignity and Vocation of Women” by Pope John Paul II