Retired Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester, Bishop John McCormack dies

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John McCormack, who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester from 1998 to 2011, has died. He was 86 years old. McCormack died at the Mount Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Tuesday, according to the diocese. During his tenure he oversaw hundreds of thousands of parishioners as the leader of all Catholics in New Hampshire. McCormack was a bishop when a 2002 Boston Globe article revealed widespread abuse of children by Catholic priests and the tendency of church leaders to cover up the charges. The coverage sparked legal action against the church and accused priests in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and across the United States. McCormack was previously one of Cardinal Bernard Law’s main collaborators and was pressured to resign because of his handling of sexually abusive priests in Boston. He has settled lawsuits with more than 160 victims who were sexually assaulted by priests in New Hampshire. In 2002, under his leadership, the Diocese of Manchester became the first in the country to admit that it could have violated criminal law by failing to protect children from abusive priests. The Reverend Jason Jalbert of St Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester said McCormack had his challenges, but also great moments during his time in the diocese. as a priest with confirmations throughout the diocese, ”said Jalbert. McCormack retired in 2011 once he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. A vigil is scheduled for Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester. A funeral mass is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m.

John McCormack, who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester from 1998 to 2011, has died. He was 86 years old.

McCormack died at the Mount Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Tuesday, according to the diocese.

During his tenure he oversaw hundreds of thousands of parishioners as the leader of all Catholics in New Hampshire.

McCormack was a bishop when a 2002 Boston Globe article revealed widespread abuse of children by Catholic priests and the tendency of church leaders to cover up the charges. The coverage sparked legal action against the church and accused priests in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and across the United States.

McCormack was previously one of Cardinal Bernard Law’s main collaborators and was pressured to resign due to his handling of sexually abusive priests in Boston.

He has settled lawsuits with more than 160 victims who were sexually assaulted by priests in New Hampshire. In 2002, under his leadership, the Diocese of Manchester became the first in the country to admit that it could have violated criminal law by failing to protect children from abusive priests.

The Reverend Jason Jalbert of St Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester said McCormack had his challenges, but also great moments during his time in the diocese.

“I knew him as a man who loved hanging out with people. I loved confirmations as I accompanied him as a confirmations priest throughout the diocese,” Jalbert said.

McCormack retired in 2011 once he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75.

A vigil is scheduled for Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester. A funeral mass is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m.


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