Are you all genuflecting over the esteemed Eddie Egan’s retirement? Are you sad to see the pedophile-protecting former bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport step back as archbishop, cardinal, excellency, holy highness and anything you want to call him as he departs chief of the spiritual capital of the world?
And why is he retiring anyway?
He served here as bishop of Bridgeport for 12 years before leaving for New York, closing and consolidating schools, keeping the budget in line, casting his hand across Fairfield County baptisms and confirmations with that booming cathedral voice, all the while harboring men of the cloth that taped shut the voices of violated children who’d one day grow the courage to reveal the names of priestly pedophiles in civil complaints because criminal laws had reached statute of limitations. And even if they existed all those years ago would anyone believe a child over a priest?
Much enrichment comes from Catholic education and services and, yes, he was our bishop. But if the rightful laws had existed then as they now do today, he’d be charged in a chilling criminal conspiracy that would’ve locked his righteous ass up for 20 years. But instead, millions of Catholic donations into insurance policies satisfied those complaints in civil settlements.
I’ve read Egan’s testimony in depositions made public and now understand why the church settled. Other documents The Hartford Courant had tried to access have been blocked by Eddie and his lawyers.
And what of our esteemed Bishop Lori who serenaded Eddie with generous heapings of praise? Wouldn’t it be nice if he just said nothing?
Mayor Bill Finch has been dialing for dollars as he prepares for his March 19 campaign fundraiser at Testo’s Restaurant. There was a time when the mayor scheduled a fundraiser at Mario Testa’s restaurant amassing moolah was a lay up. Yeah, the mayor made some calls, but the proprietor Democratic town chair would do a lot of the work.
Mario had designations in the old days. You have to raise this, you have to raise that. I expect $20 grand out of that developer. Any city employee making $60K had to max out. That’s the role of the town chair: raise money and try to keep the party peace.
Except this town chair has a different relationship with the current occupant of the mayor’s office. Yes, if Mario weighs in he could raise a bunch of cash for Finch. But will he? Meanwhile, Finch is banging the phone and, by virtue of his position and those that want access, he’ll raise money. But some are saying no. They can’t get a meeting, they can’t get a phone call returned and, Jesus, they can’t even get a hello when they run into him. Focus has never been Bill’s strength.
“So, now the mayor’s asking me for $500? I told him no,” as one serial contributor told me the other day. Little courtesies mean a lot as mayor. You can give a guy a meeting, or take a phone call without selling your soul. That always helps when you want to raise money. None of this would matter if the economy was humming and the city had cranes in the sky. But in this economic environment and another tax increase on the horizon, the mayor is correct to try to bank all he can while he can for 2011.
Meet Me At Borders
This Saturday 2 p.m. David Carson and I will be signing copies of Bow Tie Banker, my biography of the retired chief executive of People’s Bank, at Borders in Fairfield. Come and ask Carson what it takes to survive in this economic climate. Remember the early 1990s? The city was in bankruptcy court, Carson was a member of the Bridgeport Financial Review Board trying to save both the city and the state’s largest bank from the New England recession. People’s survived and prospered. If only the current crew there had an interest in the city.
Memo from Councilwoman AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia, 134th District
This Wednesday, February 25th, 2009, 7 o’clock pm.
there is an
Christmas Village/Bridgeport PAL Headquarters
7 Quarry Road, Trumbull (near the movie theatres)
for girls and boys ages 10-21 years old to join the
PAL BUCCANEERS junior drum and bugle corps.
This is a wonderful organization with great programs.
Never heard of them, do not know much about them, want your child to join, learn how you can help, or would like to become a sponsor *** come on in.
Open to all Bridgeport AND to all non-Bridgeport residents…
All instruments, flags, uniforms, instruction supplied through the Corps/membership.
Stop in to learn all about the PAL BUCCANEERS, meet the members, meet the parents,
meet the directors, watch and hear them perform.
Also, performing for you will be – The Park City Pride Combined Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps.~(former members of all the Bpt. junior corps from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s)
(pssst – I will be there playing cymbals in the drumline)
See you there with your children/neighbors/grandchildren.
(please pass this along today to your contacts)
Any questions, call
Mr. Patrick Rouse