Ave Maria, Florida
I hope it succeeds. No matter the flaws in the project, there has been such a tremendous investment of resources that it would be a crime to waste the effort. The idea itself is a good one and worthy of support. Perhaps, in time, the community will lose some of the slick “country clubby” commercialism that has dogged this enterprise from the beginning.
I would have preferred to see something much more modest. The sheer grandiosity of Tom Monaghan’s vision worries me. The prices are too high, the instant neighborhoods too much like suburbia, the crucifix in the chapel too big (said to be the world’s largest!), the ambiance of luxury and convenience too contrary to the spirit of Catholicism.
On the other hand, perhaps this is the only kind of Catholic community that can succeed in America today. We could certainly do much worse, and we usually do. So let’s not make the perfect the enemy of the good. I’ll be watching Ave Maria Town with great interest in the coming years.