There is a buzz building about a statement on page 4 of the new Catholic New York.
It is from Joe Zwilling, the long-time communications director for the Archdiocese of New York. It begins:
“Of late, the Archdiocese has received an unusual number of contacts from reporters who indicate that they are about to write scandalous or damaging information about the Archdiocese or the Archbishop.”
The statement then mentions a report in the Boston Globe about Kerry Kennedy’s new book, in which Judge Anne Burke was critical of Cardinal Egan. I blogged about this a few days ago.
The statement also mentions an article in Vanity Fair about Raffaello Follieri, the Italian con-man who pled guilty this week to conspiracy, money laundering and fraud. The article alleges a relationship between Egan and Follieri that the archdiocese denies.
What I’ve heard a few people ask this afternoon is…Can that be all? Or are other “scandalous or damaging” reports coming?
The statement, by the way, also includes this about the article in the Boston Globe:
“Interestingly, when the reporter heard Mr. Zwilling’s responses and was told that both his questions and the answers would be published in Catholic New York, he pleaded that his name not be mentioned. Evidently, he does know the importance of one’s good name—at least his own.”
It could be me, but I can’t find the statement on the CNY website…