O’Shaughnessy questions the cardinal (gently)

Is Cardinal Egan venturing outside pastoral grounds on the SIRIUS/XM merger?

William O’Shaughnessy, Westchester’s own radio mogul, who is a very involved Catholic with friends across the archdiocese, sent out an intriguing, read-between-the-lines statement a few days back about Egan’s endorsement of the merger.

tjndc5-5b3d2lw15752r6386jt_layout.jpgIt read:

I try to stay on the good side of the cardinal archbishop in all matters — not alone those concerning faith and morals.

Cardinal Egan is my archbishop — and my friend.

But I was somewhat surprised than any ranking churchman would venture into an antitrust — and highly controversial — issue which is certainly not a pastoral matter.

Indeed, we have many friends on both sides of this merger question. And I’m sure the Cardinal does too.

Our local, community stations enjoy a wonderful relationship with His Eminence and we consider it a privilege to amplify his strong, clear, important voice.

Hmmm.

O’Shaughnessy, the president of Whitney Radio (local stations WVOX and WVIP), doesn’t say where he stands on the proposed merger. And I wouldn’t guess after reading a “speech”:http://www.wvox.com/ he gave a few years back about radio consolidation, in which he came down in favor of…the free market.

In case you missed it, here’s Egan’s NY Post “column”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07202007/postopinion/opedcolumnists/the_good_word___via_satellite_opedcolumnists_edward_cardinal_egan.htm about the proposed satellite radio merger.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.