Saturday, April 2, 2011

NH GOP leader calls bishop a 'pedophile pimp'

Associated Press Friday, April 1, 2011 The Republican leader of the New Hampshire House on Friday called Roman Catholic Bishop John McCormack a "pedophile pimp" who should have been led from the Statehouse in handcuffs after speaking at a rally criticizing a state budget proposal. McCormack was among about a dozen speakers at Thursday's rally to protest deep cuts to social services included in the House's $10.2 billion budget.

Rep. D.J. Bettencourt of Salem took issue Friday, writing on his Facebook page that McCormack had no business urging lawmakers to protect the vulnerable, given his role in the clergy sex abuse scandal in the last decade. Before being named bishop of Manchester in 1998, McCormack served as a top aide to Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston, where the Catholic sex abuse scandal began and where he was in charge of investigating sexual misconduct allegations.

In 2002, McCormack averted unprecedented criminal charges against the New Hampshire diocese by agreeing that it had harmed children by moving abusive priests from parish to parish. "Would the Bishop like to discuss his history of protecting the 'vulnerable?'" Bettencourt wrote. "This man is a pedophile pimp who should have been led away from the State House in handcuffs with a rain coat over his head in disgrace. He has absolutely no moral credibility to lecture anyone."
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Unknown said...

Writing a catchy headline pays off. I wanted to find the AP story that first carried that article. So I googled "NH GOP leader calls bishop a 'pedophile pimp'"

97 of the first 100 hits on my computer contained that story from different newspapers. But I still couldn't find the AP story.

McCormack learned "bishop-ing" from Cardinal Law in Boston.

island breezes said...

NH is being badly represented. Anyone has the right to speak for the vulberable. The church has an obligation to speak for the vulnerable. (What they say about it is a different argument.) Bettencourt has exposed himself as a bully. Not a very bright one.

Dymphna said...

I wouldn't have said it quite that way but the truth isn't always pretty.

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