"My sister Teresa and I attended his talk and a few other TOT talks. After we heard how heretical and mocking of Church teaching these speakers were, we decided to make a couple of signs to hold out in front of Holy Name Cathedral for TOT’s concluding Mass. Our signs simply read ‘FOR TRUE CHURCH ANSWERS READ THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’ and ‘QUESTION THE AGENDA OF THEOLOGY ON TAP.’
"We remained on the sidewalk, out of the way of pedestrians, and spoke to people who wanted to chat with us about their experience with TOT. We had the Catechism of the Catholic Church with us and showed it to those with whom we spoke. The associate director of the Young Adult Ministry, Kate DeVries, came out and demanded to know what we were doing there; she stomped off while we were answering her.
"The Chicago police arrived shortly after and ordered us off the sidewalk. They said there is an ordinance prohibiting demonstrations near church services. Remember, however, that SNAP and Rainbow Sash demonstrations — or those by any other group that wants to protest Catholic teaching and practice — are always seemingly ‘welcome.’
"The police made us go to the other side of the street where our signs couldn’t be seen by those whom we were trying to influence. Father John Cusick, director of the Young Adult Ministry, came out after Mass and gave the police a big ‘atta-boy’ pat on the back and hand shake for making us move. This whole program is nothing but political conditioning.
"Pay Byrnes and another speaker, Friar John Paul Cafiero, both ridiculed and dismissed the Catechism as ‘their’ rule book. Somehow the suggestion of the Catechism in any way at TOT really hits a nerve.
"We are currently composing a letter to Cardinal George about our experience. We thought you would like to hear our story; and we thought you would appreciate that there were others who also were uncomfortable with the TOT program."
This program is hot – that is Heterodoxy On Tap. I guess though it might take a few beers for this type of theology to start to make sense.