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.
I try to stay on the good side of the cardinal archbishop in all matters Ã¢â‚¬â€ not alone those concerning faith and morals.
Cardinal Egan is my archbishop Ã¢â‚¬â€ and my friend.
But I was somewhat surprised than any ranking churchman would venture into an antitrust Ã¢â‚¬â€ and highly controversial Ã¢â‚¬â€ 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.
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.