In 1983, John Schnatter (CEO) sold his 1971 Camaro Z28 for $2,800 to help finance the family business. On August 26, 2009, he repurchased it for $250,000. In celebration, Papa John's offered a free pizza to anyone who owned a Camaro.
He uses the word normal like a bullet point: "This is a very normal place, with normal students." But moments later, he admits Ave Maria is anything but ordinary. "This is a very unique arrangement here. It's almost like what you would see in medieval times when a baron would go and build himself a church and monastery."
So I take it anyone who wants a build a utopian planned community has never read about what happens to utopian planned communities?
If this weren't a Nationally Sanctioned Religion, this would be called a cult compound instead of a planned community.
Stuart wasn't so sure. On her first Sunday in Ave Maria, she tried taking her preschooler son and teenage daughter to mass at the church in the center of town. It was locked — the result of a battle between Monaghan and the bishop of the Diocese of Venice, Frank Dewane. Monaghan had built himself a church; now he wanted to name his own pastor. The bishop refused to let him. The building had been largely unused for a year. "The only times they would open it was for tours or concerts," Stuart says. "And that was so people could donate money." The church now has a priest, but to this day retains its ignominious title as the world's only "quasi oratory" — privately owned Catholic church.
And here I thought the worst of Ave Maria's malfeasance was conferring a J.D. upon Andrew Shirvell, who lost his job with the Michigan Attorney General's office after conducting a campaign of stalking and harassment against the first openly gay president of the University of Michigan student body.
During a press conference on November 5, 2009 Ave Maria University’s administration honored billionaire / politician, Tom Golisano, in violation of the rules of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)– and in violation of conservative values.
Golisano has an active and long-standing history of breathtaking financial support of socialist pro-choice politicians (including Barack Obama) and pro-choice institutions. But Ave Maria University’s administration does not seem to mind– and will also permanently honor Golisano by naming a 38,107 square-foot building after him. Construction is scheduled to begin soon.
Some flavor of christianity can sensibly be said to be nationally sanctioned without that implying that it's sanctiony by the national government.
No, people write about Utopias that go bad because those are the only kind.
They may be successful for awhile before the wheels fall off, but the wheels will fall off. Books about utopian communities that plug along nicely for some amount of time before falling apart are definitely out there.
How do you call yourself a "true catholic" and not follow the orders of the pope as transmitted through the papal chain of command? My impression is that liberal cafeteria catholics don't really seem to claim the same level of piety with regard to this issue. that the Santorum types do.
What, Notre Dame denied him admission and now he's going to Single White Female an entire university?
He is reticent, sincere, and convinced that no informed, obedient Catholic can be politically liberal. While heaven is a tangible location and the Devil is referred to regularly in his personal worldview as an active, almost Miltonian character, Monaghan seems bemused by the fact that someone might ask him about religion.
Hiller describes Barron Collier as the county's "800-pound gorilla." She recently squared off with the company when she voted against enticing Maine-based biomedical group the Jackson Laboratory to Ave Maria.
Like other special districts in Florida, it had been designed to give the developer — in this case Barron Collier Companies — government-like powers over the town as it was being built. But the special district's charter hid an unprecedented secret.
"Even someone really versed in Florida law would think that it was just like any development district," says Liam Dillon, a reporter back then who covered Ave Maria for the Naples Daily News. "But it was really a novel concept: Barron Collier could control the town forever."
For decades, Florida developers had been required to cede control within ten years. But in the case of Ave Maria, the decision when — or if — to turn town government over to its residents lay entirely in the hands of the Southwest Florida land magnate. And the company seemed in no rush to let the townspeople vote.
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