Lawyer Seeks Apology from Retired Bishop
Diocese Says It Can't Find Bishop

The [Manchester NH]
July 4, 2003

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The lawyer for one alleged victim of clergy sexual abuse has filed a court motion seeking an apology from a retired bishop or $50,000.

But no one can find the bishop.

As part of a $350,000 settlement the man reached with the Diocese of Manchester last November, the man sought an apology from Bishop Odore Gendron, who was bishop in the 1970s when the man alleged he was sexually abused by a priest in Salem.

The man's lawyer, Peter Hutchins, said he has made numerous requests for the apology, but the diocese said it has had no contact with Gendron, although he maintains a residence at a cathedral in Manchester and receives regular paychecks.

Diocese spokesman Patrick McGee said the diocese has been unable to find Gendron and has no control over his actions.


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