Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Egan’

Many Thanks to John D. Feerick

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Professor John D. Feerick, former dean of the Fordham Law School, wrote the following letter to the editor of the New York Times last week, in response to their “Church Whistle-Blowers” article.  As far as I can tell, the Times has not published the letter, but it was so good, I asked for his permission to share it with you.  My thanks to him for his insightful observations and for his allowing me to publish the letter here.

To The Editor:

Laurie Goldstein’s article, “Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse”, [May 20], prompts me to recall my service from 2002 to 2007, by appointment of Edward Cardinal Egan, as a member of a committee in the Archdiocese of New York asked to examine allegations of child abuse against priests.  I devoted, as did other members, considerable time to this responsibility.  We carefully reviewed allegations of abuse and made recommendations to the Cardinal of appropriate action.  I experienced how rigorously and diligently each case was handled by the staff and committee.  I also participated with the committee in making certain that the Archdiocese had in place a strong policy encouraging anyone with an allegation to report it to the proper civil authorities and had protocols with the District Attorneys in all 10 counties of the Archdiocese to handle such cases.  I found this work to be exceedingly difficult but was proud of the steps taken by my Church and the independence it gave to the committee.

John D. Feerick,
Professor of Law and former dean of Fordham Law School

Broadcasting from the Bishops Conference

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

My program for The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio is normally produced from my residence on Madison Avenue in New York, but since I’m in Baltimore this week for the annual USCCB meeting we decided to produce the show from here. Because of the full schedule we keep, the best time for us to tape the show was 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning!  I’m not complaining at all, because I was particularly privileged to have with me Cardinal Egan, who founded The Catholic Channel during his time as Archbishop, and was also my predecessor on this program.  It was great to have him on for the hour!  Joining us were Father James Wehner, Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and Monsignor James Checchio, Rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  It was inspiring to hear about the enthusiasm of the young men currently preparing themselves to answer God’s call to the priesthood.  I think you’ll find it an interesting program.  It airs Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, and then at various times during the weekend.


With Edward Cardinal Egan and Rob Astorino at the taping of the show


Father Wehner of the Josephinum with Rob Astorino


Edward Cardinal Egan and me


Monsignor Checchio of the North American College joins in

photos by Emily Marlow

Congratulations to Rob Astorino

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
copyright by Maria R. Bastone
copyright by Maria R. Bastone

Congratulations to Rob Astorino, the fine Program Director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, who cruised to victory Tuesday evening and is now the newly elected County Executive of Westchester County.

Rob has served the Catholic Channel well, and I’ve very much enjoyed working with him.  A few years ago, he came to Milwaukee to interview me for The Catholic Channel, and back in February, on the day my appointment to New York was announced, Rob interviewed me and Cardinal Egan.  In April, we began our weekly program, Conversation with the Archbishop which I have immensely enjoyed.

Just a few weeks ago, Rob and his lovely wife, Sheila had their third child, a beautiful young girl named Ashlin who joins big brother Sean and big sister Kiley.  My prayers and best wishes are with Rob as he undertakes his new responsibilities as a father and County Executive.