Posts Tagged ‘Sirius XM Satellite Radio’

The Church and Baseball

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

I’d like to share with you the following excerpt from my SiriusXM show, “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan.” You can hear the audio segment by clicking here.

On today’s edition of “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan,” the Cardinal’s weekly show on The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM, Cardinal Dolan and co-host Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, discussed the news of the suspension of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Partial transcript:

Father Dwyer:  “For those of us who have been seeing this in the headlines, does this bring up issues for us of, not only right and wrong, models for children?”

Cardinal Dolan:  “Sure it does.  I think part of the wisdom of sports in the United States, every country is sports conscious, but in the United States we have always seen our athletes not just as wonderful specimens of human talent [and] physical prowess, but also models of virtue and character and honor and decency and integrity.”

Cardinal Dolan:  “So I think it hurts us.  It hurts the game.  It hurts our young people when you see a guy that would have fallen.  And this one, it’s the same with priests and bishops, right?  I mean, they need to look up to us as icons of virtue and integrity and we’ve let them down on occasion.  And our ballplayers do it, too.  And here you’ve got a guy (Alex Rodriguez) who is a whale of a ballplayer, nobody doubts that, but now it’s not some type of, the flaw affects his ability to play the game because maybe people are saying, ‘Wow, are some of the things that we celebrated – his home runs, his RBIs, his on-base percentage – were those enhanced by drugs?’  You know who I feel sorry for are the good hard-working ballplayers that have never taken an illegal substance and are kind of left in the dust.”

Cardinal Dolan:  “So anyway, I’m glad.  I pray with and for Alex Rodriguez as I would with anybody who is going through personal difficulties.  But I am kind of grateful that baseball is in reform mode.  Lord knows we in the Church are, right?  ‘Ecclesia semper reformanda,’ the Church always in need of reform.  And so is baseball.  It’s constantly trying to clean up its act and I’m glad they are because it is important to us.  It is important to the psyche of the nation, isn’t it?”


Father Dwyer:  “With the Alex Rodriguez scandal it makes me think that the things that tempt us most greatly to that are power and influence.  We think we can get away or hide from God if we have more of our own power and less dependence on God.”

Cardinal Dolan:  “I see what you mean.  Almost that we have to enhance our own drive and power instead of counting on the gifts that God gave us.  This is a man of mountainous talent to begin with.  Why would one need to enhance it unnaturally?  Yeah, you enhance it by practice and by exercise but why would one need to enhance it chemically?  I don’t know.  I feel kind of bad for him.  I feel bad for the Yankees because they are a darn good team, they stick together, this has drug them down, they are missing a great player.  It sort of casts a cloud on everybody.”

“Conversation with Cardinal Dolan” airs every Tuesday at 1:00 pm ET on The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM channel 129.  Today’s show will replay today at 4:00pm ET and 9:00 pm ET and at other times throughout the week.

A Conversation with Mary Higgins Clark

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Yesterday, my co-host, Father Dave Dwyer, and I had the pleasure of interviewing best selling author Mary Higgins Clark for our weekly radio show, A Conversation with the Archbishop, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Also joining us on the show was Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land.

Here are some photos from the taping.

With Fr. Dwyer, Mary Higgins Clark and Brett Siddell manning the controls


With Mary Higgins Clark and Fr. Dwyer

You can tune in to the show on Sirius XM 129 this Thursday at Noon, or during one of the replays – Saturday at 6 a.m. or 1 p.m., or Sunday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., or midnight (all times Eastern)


photos by Joseph Zwilling


Preacher to the World

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the death of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and I am honored to be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass to commemorate his life.  A large gathering of priests, bishops, and cardinals are expected to attend.  What a marvelous tribute to this devoted, tireless, holy son of the church whom Pope John Paul II called “Preacher to the World” in the Sanctuary of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the very place I will be preaching tonight.

Earlier today I recorded my weekly radio program for the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and had as my guests Bishop Daniel Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, which was Archbishop Sheen’s home diocese, Monsignor John Kozar, national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith which Archbishop Sheen headed for years, and Monsignor Hillary Franco, one of Archbishop Sheen’s close collaborators and friends, and currently pastor of one of the great parishes of the Archdiocese, Saint Augustine’s, in Ossining, New York.  The program will air Thursday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, and then various times throughout the weekend.

In my homily, I relate this story of a chance encounter I once had with Archbishop Sheen.


It was a damp winter day in 1973 when I was walking through St. Peter’s Square, then a seminarian at the North American College, only to see a small but excited crowd near the obelisk.  Over I went only to see in the middle of the dozens of excited people himself, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  Among the handshakes, flashbulbs, and autographs, someone shouted,

“What are you doing in Rome, Archbishop Sheen?”

“I just came from an audience with Pope Paul VI,” he replied.

“What did the Holy Father say to you?” inquired another in the crowd.

Archbishop Sheen blushed a bit and replied, “The Holy Father looked at me, took my hand, and said, ‘Fulton Sheen, you will have a high place in heaven’.”

“What did you say back?” pestered another.

“Well” responded our man with that familiar sparkle and grin,” I replied, ‘Your Holiness, would you mind making that an infallible statement?’”

Which I propose to you is the key message of Fulton J. Sheen: He wanted to get to heaven; he wanted to bring the world with him.

You can read the full text of my homily here.

UPDATE: Emily Marlow, producer of “A Conversation with the Archbishop,” forwarded me some photos from yesterday’s taping.


With Rob Astorino and Monsignor Hillary Franco of Saint Augustine’s in Ossining, NY

Bishop Daniel Jenky, Bishop of Peoria

Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria

Monsignor John Kozar

Monsignor John Kozar, National Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith


Msgr. Franco, Msgr. Kozar, Bishop Jenky, me, and Rob Astorino

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

A Conversation with Cardinal George

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

On my radio show this week I have a very interesting conversation with His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, about his new book The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture.  As always, I found Cardinal George to be remarkably insightful and engaging.

Paulist Father Dave Dwyer, who normally serves as the host of The Busted Halo Show, is the guest host this week, filling in for Rob Astorino.

You can listen to A Conversation with the Archbishop on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with replays throughout the weekend.  You can find a full schedule and information about all of our wonderful programming here.

A Programming Note

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

On my radio program today, “Conversation with the Archbishop” on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio, I have a delightful chat with Father David Toups, a priest of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, who serves as the Associate Director of the Committee of Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.   He’s also the author of a splendid book, Reclaiming Our Priestly Character. Gus Lloyd, host of Seize the Day on The Catholic Channel, serves as the “sub-host” on the program.  The program airs at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and is repeated several times over the course of the weekend.

Also, my new Catholic New York column was released today, and in it I talk about the power of the Rosary, especially appropriate during this month dedicated to this beloved prayer. You can read it online at the Catholic New York website.