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Rochester’s Theology on Tap Begins Once Again

June 8th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

And once again, I can’t recommend attending any of these lectures. How can we expect what is discussed to be doctrinally sound when the parishes behind this event are, and I quote from the article, “Guardian Angels, Good Shepherd, St. Joseph, Blessed Sacrament, St. Mary?s Downtown, St. Paul?s Webster, St. Joseph?s Penfield and the University of Rochester Newman Community.” Talk about an all-star lineup of our area’s liturgical abuse leaders (minus St. Joseph in Rush).

Anyways, for those who wish to go just for the alcoholic beverages, here is the schedule for this summer’s series:

July 6: Sexual Ethics: The Church and the Modern World with Dr. Patricia Schoelles, SSJ, President, St. Bernard?s. At Sheridan?s Irish Pub, 1551 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester [I would anticipate more “modern world” views than “Church” views in this one]

July 12: Should the Church be involved with Social Issues? with Marvin L. Mich, Director of Social Policy and Research, Catholic Family Center. At Johnny?s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd, Rochester [i.e- immigration reform, wealth redistribution — all the liberal social justice topics and little on the defense of human life from conception to natural death]

July 20: Forgive it Forward with Mike Sauter, Director of Campus Ministry, SUNY Geneseo and Pastoral Administrator, St. Luke the Evangelist. At Johnny?s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd, Rochester

July 26: Hope for Haiti with Deacon Kevin Carges, At Don?s Original, 2055 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd, Penfield, NY 14526

Aug. 4: Women and Witness with Christina Schmidt, St Joseph?s Penfield. At Johnny?s Irish Pub [This one is sure to be filled with dissent. St. Joseph has a number of parishioners who think that women should be ordained priests, especially on their parish staff]

Aug. 1: Biblical Ethics: The Beatitudes,with Rev. Dr. George Heyman, St. Bernard?s staff. At Sheridan?s Irish Pub

Aug. 16: Ask Me Why! Catholics and Evangelization with Barb Swiecki, Pastoral Administrator, Guardian Angels. At Jitters Caf?, Southtown Plaza, Henrietta, NY [Ms. Swiecki is speaking about evangelization? Isn’t she taking over three parishes that just experienced losses of 100-200+ persons in the first couple weeks of clustering? If she was such a wiz at evangelization, shouldn’t Guardian Angels not need to cluster with two nearby parishes?]

Aug. 24: God on Campus with Nora Bradbury-Haehl, St. Paul?s Webster. At Johnny?s Irish Pub

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10 Responses to “Rochester’s Theology on Tap Begins Once Again”

  1. Anonymous says:

    You'll need several beers to navigate through this sea of dissent. Hopefully, it will not be well attended, or perhaps populated by the septagenarian dissent mongers!

  2. Christina says:

    You could always go to hone your debate skills with heretics.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Who's going to attend so that some tough questions can be asked of Mrs. Sewicki? It would be great if someone asked some good questions and was able to get some audio recordings.

  4. Christopher says:

    I would like to attend this series to not cause a debate or cause a scene. My goal is not to entrap the speaker into a controversial topic even via "tough" questions. I would simply like to go however to help educate young people on what the Catholic position is on these issues (which is not up for debate if we choose to practice Catholicism) if it is misrepresented or skirted around.

    I do not think there is a need to tape record this as that will appear to be hostile which is truly not my intention. I'm sure we know what is going to be said anyways and tape recording would serve nothing. There has to come a point where we get tired of reporting on and listening to this and there needs to be more visible action without being militant. I think your readers need to ask themselves why they read this page only to feel frustrated, angry, persecuted and/or depressed. We must not be careful not to become addicted or dwell in those feelings (or feel helpless) and instead let this fuel in redirecting them into positive action.

    As our Bishop has said in his address at Boston College:
    "a broad spectrum of voices should be heard before coming to conclusions that relate to teaching and polity of significance." If that's the way it's going to be in this diocese, shouldn't the Magisterium's teachings be represented too?

    Dr. K, I take the opposite view, I think this is precisely where we need to be so the young are not confused by what the Catholic faith is all about.

    If anyone is in their 20s and 30s and would like to assist me, I would appreciate it very much as Jesus did send disciples out in pairs for a reason. Even better if we had a large number turnout.

    Please contact me beforehand ( so we can pull together documentation, research, and compare notes. If your not 20-39, feel free to send me articles or documentation I should read before each seminar (pertaining to that topic) to assist my own understanding and education on the topic. Do what you can do.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Now that's a positive attitide. Good luck and God bless.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just read the locations of the upcoming Theology on Tap offerings. Could some learned person please tell me something. Why in the name of all that is holy, are these meetings being held in beer joints?

  7. Christopher says:


    "Theology on Tap exhibits significant theological differences with some churches and temperance societies like the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (compare Christianity and alcohol). Individual critics have noted that the atmosphere of alcohol-serving establishments does not necessarily complement the somberness and respect imposed by traditional church settings. Advocates for Theology on Tap, however, have defended the concept, calling it, among other things, the practice of "bringing the faith to where the people are."[6] The fact that the lectures are open to the public is also hoped to bring in a broad audience; one organizer has stated that the goal of the lectures is "to reach out to people primarily in their 20s and 30s that may have strayed from their faith."

    Apparently all the strayed Catholics are at the bars. Maybe I can meet a nice ex-Catholic alcoholic girl there. Maybe we should start a series called, "Theology at Spiritus/The Father's House/Bethel/(insert town) Community Church, etc." lest we forget where a large portion of our ex-Catholic brethren are, unfortunately.

  8. A recording device is not hard to come by, can be small enough to be unobtrusive, and ultimately is just a matter of good sense like saving the receipt for a major purchase for “just in case”.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have heard similar responses through the years,but it still seems so tacky.Perhaps a meeting room in one of the many churches that have been emptied out? There is a concern also of the information that will be dispersed to our ex-Catholic brethren-is that the “come home” message they should get? Also, the non-Catholics who are there-is this the image for them?

  10. Ben Anderson says:

    actually, I kind of like the bar setting. I enjoy beer.

    also, let’s not forget where cs lewis and jrr tolkien used to hang out.

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