Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford the way they were:
And the way they are: (YIKES)
The Deacon's Bench Blog has a post on the Alternate Universe of Wisconsin's Holy Wisdom Monastery. You can read the whole article there by pressing The Deacon's Bench. I'll just pick out a few lines from it.
The following segment captures the Alternate Universe of Holy Wisdom Monastery:
"...Women can lead the service and preach the sermon. Gay relationships are warmly embraced. All parishioners, not just Catholics, can consume the communion wine and bread because the service is ecumenical, meaning welcoming of all Christian traditions.
It’s an alternate universe of sorts — what some think a Catholic Mass might look like today if the liberal spirit of Vatican II in the 1960s had taken root and flowered.
“We’re doing what the hierarchical church was afraid to complete,” said Jim Green, a longtime Holy Wisdom parishioner who is gay and describes himself as “a Catholic in exile.”..."
Thus far there are 335 parishioners, not all disaffected former Catholics, but many who are from Protestant denominations and who feel quite comfortable there. Most of the 335 are in their mid 60's and 70's and older.
The photos below are a glimpse into what might have been if the "spirit" of Vatican II liberalism of the 1960's (the heyday of the people of this Church, who, by the way, are so nostalgic for it, that they've created an "alternate universe" of an ecclesial community to preserve it. In the 1970's I was trained or at least prepared for the Church of the Future that would look like this. It is more like "Back to the Future."