Monday, February 27, 2006

Now there's an idea......

The first Catholic town in the U.S., although I suspect that more denominations than Catholics will want to move there. Would you live there?

8 comments:

Chad said...

While I admit it's tempting, especially when compared with where we live, I wonder if a Catholic ghetto is exactly what our Lord had in mind when he sent the Apostles out into the world.

Andrew Casad said...

While I would share Chad's worry about the creation of Catholic ghettos, the more problematic aspect of Monaghan's entire Ave Maria project (including the university) is not so much the creation of physical ghettos as it is a reflection of the ghetto-ization of some parts of Catholic life in the US.

Georgie Tamayo Clemens said...

Could you guys please explain the "Catholic ghetto" term you are using? Inquiring minds want to know!!

Michael said...

No. It sounds like the craziest place in the world to live. From the little info in the article it is a sad example of Catholicism.

I assume by "Catholic ghetto" they mean a mind state where people are not allowed out or in, which is what that awful town will become. A place where following rules and playing into surface piety would trump the genuine, slow and methodical conversion process. A place where the soul of the sinner is crushed and ground down until nothing but a shell of a human remains. It would not be a place where the sinner would find a safe place to repent, grow and heal, a place where Christ's power could really shine and compel others to holiness.

Sad.

God have mercy on me. A sinner.

Take care.

Chad said...

Georgie,

What I meant by "Catholic ghetto" is setting ourselves apart as a community from the world around us, not just on Sundays when we gather as a parish, but all the time. I have a hard time reconciling the urge to form "Catholic communities" with the imperative to evangelize the world.

Jonathan St.Andre, T.O.R. said...

Hello. I saw your site through Dave Myers blog. Just thought I'd stop by and visit.

Hope you don't mind a lighter comment for this post: I might just live in Monahan's town if he lived up to his claim for fame and offered universal free pizza!

Chad said...

Well, if Monaghan were to offer free pizza to all residents, I'd have to reconsider as well ;)

Thanks for lightening things up, Br. St. Andre.

Georgie Tamayo Clemens said...

Um, the other good thing is that wine is not forbidden! Wine and pizza....hmmmm....sounds like a good combo! Thanks guys!