Newspaper: Bishop McCormack Must Go

Associated Press, carried in [Manchester NH]
July 30, 2003

New Hampshire's largest newspaper has again called for Bishop John McCormack to resign.

In a Page 1 editorial Wednesday, The Union Leader cited a Massachusetts attorney general report critical of McCormack's handling of Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct when McCormack served in Boston. McCormack was a top aide to Cardinal Bernard Law for a decade before becoming bishop of New Hampshire in 1998.

Resignations of church leaders may not be a tradition in the church, the editorial said, "but they are becoming a welcomed trend. McCormack's own boss in Boston, Cardinal Law, finally did the right thing when even rank-and-file priests, who feel the pain of this problem more than anyone, demanded he leave."

Last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly said McCormack was one of several former church leaders who displayed "an institutional acceptance of abuse and a massive and pervasive failure of leadership."

A spokeswoman for the Manchester Diocese said McCormack was in Boston on Wednesday at the installation of Sean Patrick O'Malley, the new Roman Catholic archbishop, and that no one was immediately available to comment on the editorial.

McCormack, in a written response to Reilly's report last week, did not address the substance of it, but said he worked hard in Boston and more recently in New Hampshire to protect children.


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