Tonight I heard Archbishop of DC Donald Wuerl speak to a local Theology on Tap
. The event was very well attended. In fact, I'm sure the fire marshall would not have been pleased. I'm not sure what attracted the audience more - the prospect of hearing their local shepherd speak, the wide selection of beers on tap, or the six tickets to Pope Benedict's Mass in April that they raffled off at the end of the evening. Maybe all three.
The Local Fox News affiliate
was on-site rolling film, and also interviewed the Archbishop before his talk. Two ladies sitting next to me were interviewed by a correspondent for the Washington Post
. I was interviewed briefly by someone with the Washington Times.
I'll be keeping on eye out for their reports, and will link them when they are published.
The talk itself was brief, but very enjoyable. The Archbishop focused on answering the question "Why should we be excited the Pope is coming?" His one-sentence response: "Because he is Peter." Abp. Wuerl also spent a good deal of time answering questions.
One question that came up several times was how folks could try to get tickets to see the Pope. It's no secret people have "Papamania" here in DC. I'll be posting an update with recent news on that front later this week.
update: Here are the first five minutes of Abp. Wuerl's Theology on Tap speech:
Video 2: Abp. Wuerl answers a question, "Why was Pope Benedict called 'God's Rottweiler' as a Cardinal?"
Two more videos available on the AmP YouTube Channel.
Labels: American Papist on the road, DC Catholic events, local church, theology on tap