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The banning of Catholic journalist, Marielena Montesino de Stuart, began on the day that she tried to expose the GOLISANO  SCANDAL (Ave Maria University’s honoring of a billionaire/politician who has given millions of dollars to other hard-core pro-abortion  politicians– including Barack Obama).  A building bearing Golisano’s name has also been erected on the Ave Maria University campus.

December 13, 2009

The following article appeared in The Wanderers‘s December 17, 2009 edition.  It became available online on Friday, December 11, 2009 at 1:00PM Eastern Time.

Ave Maria Stoops To New Low . . .  By Banning Journalist From Property


THE WANDERER – December 17, 2009 Edition (Page 4) “Ave Maria Stoops to New Low… By Banning Journalist from Property” by Mary Ann Kreitzer

Ave Maria Town is the home of Catholic journalist Marielena Montesino de Stuart. It’s also home to Ave Maria University, the school founded by Tom Monaghan, the Domino’s Pizza giant. Since its founding, the university has been beset by problems related to its iron- fisted handling of a number of situations. First it was moving from Ann Arbor, Mich., and breaking promises to numerous faculty and staff there. Then it was demanding the move of the law school which not only broke more promises, but destroyed its excellent standing and threatened its accreditation. Ave Maria fired Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ — twice, the second time during summer vacation apparently to avoid student protests and adverse publicity.

With Mrs. de Stuart, the iron fist is up close and personal. The university has banned her from its property. But much of Ave Maria Town belongs to the university so the de Stuart family who live there are forbidden from their own neighborhood. [*-See footnote by TRCW].  FOX news covered the story which described how her children are now afraid to leave the house.   Makes one thrilled at the thought of living in that town, doesn’t it?

That this type of action could take place at a campus founded specifically to advance orthodox Catholicism is shocking, but it’s become typical of how Ave Maria operates. Fr. Fessio was fired ( the second time) because he privately took concerns about the financial stability of the university to the head of the board of directors. Obviously the stability of Ave Maria Town is directly related to the health of the university, so Mrs. de Stuart’s concern is well founded.

Ave Maria’s un- Christian behavior has brought criticism from notable Catholics like eminent lawyer Charles E. Rice and others. The destruction of the Ave Maria Law School and the treatment of several of the faculty members are, as Dr. Rice puts it, “beyond contempt.”

My husband and I welcomed Ave Maria with outstretched arms. We signed up for the Founders’ Club and began giving a monthly donation. When things started to come apart early on, we reluctantly withdraw. We felt the blow to the law school in Ann Arbor personally because we knew several friends with children there.

Those who criticize Ave Maria and have any connections at all that make them vulnerable to the wrath of Tom Monaghan can expect reprisal. Marielena Montesino de Stuart settled in Ave Maria Town with high hopes that it would be a truly Catholic experience. What’s happening to her now sounds like hell. That it is being done in the name of a university named after the Blessed Mother is not only appalling, but a crucifixion.

Tom Monaghan seems like a sincere man who wants to spend his fortune do­ing good. Mrs. de Stuart doesn’t question Mr. Monaghan’s motives or anyone in­volved in the Ave Maria venture, but one can’t help but wonder that a man, who claims he divested himself of his luxuries to pursue a Catholic vision, has gone about it like a tyrant. One thing that makes me scratch my head about his comments on pride is the fact that he de­signed the church for the town. What ex­actly qualifies the pizza king to design such a church, the creation of which has been widely criticized?

Pray for all who have been hurt during the building of this so-called Catholic university and town, and pray especially for Tom Monaghan. A man with money who can call the shots that impact people’s lives had better be sure he’s doing God’s will. ♔

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(Mary Ann Kreitzer is a prominent pro-life journalist, president of Les Femmes, and editor of its pub­lication The Truth. She is one of the founders of the Catholic Media Coalition, an organization of independent Catholic writers, webmasters, editors, and others engaged in producing media for and about the Catholic Church).

[*-NOTE:  The Stuarts are property owners and taxpayers in the Town of Ave Maria.  Their investment included access to all of the town, as well as the university with all of its promised amenities.   The town and the university constitute the neighborhood / district where the Stuarts reside– not just the immediate residential area surrounding their home].  TRCW.

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TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:  Catholic Media Coalition,  Ave Maria Florida, Ave Maria University is Not recognized by the Church as a Catholic University,  Ave Maria University Bullying,  Is Ave Maria University ready to face ”Blood Money”?, Ave Maria Stewardship Community District (AMSCD) Town Government, Ave Maria University Honors “Tom” Golisano Politician / Billionaire who Has Given Millions of Dollars to Pro-Choice Politicians and Now Claims that he is not Pro-Choice, Does AMU have a Right to Criticize Notre Dame? Ave Maria University Council,  Ave Maria University Board of Trustees, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Father Joseph Fessio SJ, Firing of Priest, Lack of Fiduciary Responsibility, Institutional Instability, Tom Monaghan, Nicholas J. Healy Jr., President of Ave Maria University, Barron Collier Companies the Ave Maria Town Developer, Ave Maria Development, Ave Maria University 2nd Mortgages, Ave Maria Real Estate, Naples Daily News,  Open Letter to the Ave Maria University Board of Trustees, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Summorum Pontificum, Latin Mass, Communion Rail, Catholic town identity, 

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