If you thought getting a mosque built in Manhattan was tough, looks like building a monastery in Wyoming isn’t exactly a walk in the park, either. Local ranchers aren’t saying any hallelujahs over the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel’s plan to build a large monastery and coffee roasting barn twenty miles from the small town of Meeteetse, citing traffic issues and loss of property taxes as just a few of their concerns. Rumors are flying around town, though, that their Catholicism may also be an issue.
The order dates its origins to the 16th century, and its eighteen members live a secluded existence maintained by manual labor and focused on prayer and meditation. The monastery relies on sales of its Mystic Monk coffee and related paraphernalia to sustain itself.
Dave Grabbert, the rancher selling his land to the project is wondering why no similar fuss was raised when gas, oil and timber interests used the local roads and resources, and wonders,
“What’s puzzling to me is if people complain about these guys as neighbors, what kind of neighbors would they want?”
Full story at Huffington Post.
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