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#1
I have read about libertarians trying to get people of their persuasion to move to Vermont or Wyoming with the hope of gaining a political foothold in those states.  I don't know how effective that is, but I would interested in some day of establishing a Catholic community in some remote corner of the US like in the Rocky Mountains Region (perhaps Wyoming or Montana).  As a refuge for those of us who are so beleagued.  Anyone interested?

Now what would be a good name for the town, I always like Antonopolis personally hehe. 

Also, how would design the town, what would be the chief economical pursuit, run education, etc.  Also, I think it would be small enough as to not to arise suspicion from the Fed or ACLU or any of those folks.
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#2
My husband and I are planning to eventually skedaddle out of this city in favor of Colorado, Montana or Wyoming and we would certainly put such a community as you describe high on our list.

Quote:Also, how would design the town, what would be the chief economical pursuit, run education, etc.

The romanticist in me imagines a kind of 19th-century frontier town, but without the threats of attack by Indians or roving gangs of lawless men. We'd be at least partially self-sustaining, with (perhaps) a large communal garden/farm type set up. But not closed off from the world. As far as education goes, I am currently researching Latin-centered curriculum for homeschooling my young son, and the more I read about it, the more convinced I am that it is the way to go. I am considering going through the CLAA's Praeceptor training so I might be able to teach homeschooled kids around here. But the idea of a whole school with a Latin-centered curriculum is really exciting to me.

Quote: Also, I think it would be small enough as to not to arise suspicion from the Fed or ACLU or any of those folks.

What would trad Catholics do to fall afoul of the Fed or the ACLU, anyway? We don't entrap 12-year-old girls to marry 70-year-old men like the fundie Mormons, and I can't imagine us holing up in a closed compound with tons of weapons.

I can see a bit farther down the road, if Obama and the Democrat's push to make the US into a socialist paradise comes to fruition, and education is federalized and put under strict controls, they might come down hard on religious, private and homeschoolers. But, hopefully things won't get that far. The populace is already getting disgusted with our current leftie overlords so we may see many of them voted out of office next year.
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(08-14-2009, 02:39 PM)Felicitas Wrote: My husband and I are planning to eventually skedaddle out of this city in favor of Colorado, Montana or Wyoming and we would certainly put such a community as you describe high on our list.

Quote:Also, how would design the town, what would be the chief economical pursuit, run education, etc.

The romanticist in me imagines a kind of 19th-century frontier town, but without the threats of attack by Indians or roving gangs of lawless men. We'd be at least partially self-sustaining, with (perhaps) a large communal garden/farm type set up. But not closed off from the world. As far as education goes, I am currently researching Latin-centered curriculum for homeschooling my young son, and the more I read about it, the more convinced I am that it is the way to go. I am considering going through the CLAA's Praeceptor training so I might be able to teach homeschooled kids around here. But the idea of a whole school with a Latin-centered curriculum is really exciting to me.

Quote: Also, I think it would be small enough as to not to arise suspicion from the Fed or ACLU or any of those folks.

What would trad Catholics do to fall afoul of the Fed or the ACLU, anyway? We don't entrap 12-year-old girls to marry 70-year-old men like the fundie Mormons, and I can't imagine us holing up in a closed compound with tons of weapons.

I can see a bit farther down the road, if Obama and the Democrat's push to make the US into a socialist paradise comes to fruition, and education is federalized and put under strict controls, they might come down hard on religious, private and homeschoolers. But, hopefully things won't get that far. The populace is already getting disgusted with our current leftie overlords so we may see many of them voted out of office next year.

The ACLU went after the Domino guy for founding Ave Maria
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#4
Oh, I get what you're talking about. Yes, that could be an issue.
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#5
Sorry but I don't believe in such an idea. We are supposed to live in the world and not be of the world. I dunno, but I've never felt comftorable of the idea of Catholic families escapiong somewhere like Amish or the those people in The Village.

How are we supposed to be a "light to the world" if we're hiding in Montana?
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(08-14-2009, 04:08 PM)didishroom Wrote: Sorry but I don't believe in such an idea. We are supposed to live in the world and not be of the world. I dunno, but I've never felt comftorable of the idea of Catholic families escapiong somewhere like Amish or the those people in The Village.

How are we supposed to be a "light to the world" if we're hiding in Montana?

How can we be the light of the world if we are smothered by evil?

I think it depends on the individual.
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#7
Wouldn't living in such evil make you stand out more and line shine brighter?

It's one thing if an individual understands that his current living arrangement is an occasion of sin and needs to move. It's another when parents block out every bit of the outside world from their children till their 25 and dream about living like Catholic "Mennonites."
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(08-14-2009, 04:13 PM)didishroom Wrote: Wouldn't living in such evil make you stand out more and line shine brighter?
Perhaps. It depends on the individual. A missionary may willfully go to those who are against him, but who would want to raise a child there?

Quote:It's one thing if an individual understands that his current living arrangement is an occasion of sin and needs to move. It's another when parents block out every bit of the outside world from their children till their 25 and dream about living like Catholic "Mennonites."
Would you find fault with the cloistered?

I think knowledge of the world is important for those who live in it, but experience of certain things is not necessary.
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#9
(08-14-2009, 04:08 PM)didishroom Wrote: Sorry but I don't believe in such an idea. We are supposed to live in the world and not be of the world. I dunno, but I've never felt comftorable of the idea of Catholic families escapiong somewhere like Amish or the those people in The Village.

How are we supposed to be a "light to the world" if we're hiding in Montana?

In my dream, we're not hiding from the world so much as creating a model community that hopefully others would follow. I don't see it as all that different from the many religious communities that have existed in the history of Christianity, which were indeed a light to the world even in very isolated places and in dark times.
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#10
You can build a Catholic enclave if you wish.

But it's good to remember that the ancient, pagan Roman Empire was transformed by an early Church that was composed primarily of city-dwellers who lived in the midst of the pagans.
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