I thought I would start a new thread, unrelated to the ACLU issue, regarding the possibility of building a Catholic town.
A lot of posters had a lot of good ideas and I think it’s important to continue the discussion.
With that in mind, here are some more of my ideas:
First of all, the town would function much like any other town including the fact that visitors and citizens would be free to come and go as they please.
It would have a City Council, it would have a Church or two, it would have Catholic schools, businesses, a hospital, maybe even a University, and for sure a “Catholic legal defense” group
The difference for me would be that all of these entities would be run with a “Catholic” perspective in mind. That is to say, it would be a town that governed itself in a 100% pro-life capacity. Beyond that an idealic town, IMHO, would seek to follow Christ as He spoke on the Sermon on the Mount. We would be 100% American, as the Founding Fathers originally intended Americans to live. (We’ll let the Catholic Defense council put it in legalese for us…)
I see nothing wrong with capitalism as long as it is governed and tempered by morality as defined by the gospels and as Jesus Christ spells it out for us. We can’t allow money and “economics” to determine our policies, we must draw up in our charter some moral parameters. I have complete confidence that prayerful Catholics can come to a moral agreement about government…for this town.
All in all, we will be surrounded by other towns, hopefully some will be Jewish, some Italian, some Asian or Indian. Some towns will be integrated and many will be no different than the chaos we see out there today. The important thing is that these towns learn to co-exist near each other, but they don’t have to be a cookie cutter of the next town. Each could respect the “charters” of the towns around them.
We, as christians, have a commandment from the Lord to love others as we love ourselves. As Pope Benedict pointed out we must Love others without expecting anything in return. We can do that by being good neighbors to the neighboring towns.
…And, IF we do it right, just maybe our witness as Catholics living the gospel will produce profound results and, …“he will add to our numbers daily…”