McCormack, bishop panned for role in sex abuse scandal, dies

FILE — New Hampshire Bishop John McCormack speaks to reporters, in Manchester, N.H., in this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002 file photo. McCormack, who faced criticism for his role in Boston's clergy sex abuse scandal and led New Hampshire's diocese during its own reckoning, has died. McCormack, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, at Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Manchester, according to the Diocese of Manchester.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Retired Roman Catholic Bishop John McCormack, who faced criticism for his role in Boston’s clergy sex abuse scandal and led New Hampshire’s diocese during its own reckoning, has died.

McCormack, 86, died Tuesday at Mount Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Manchester, according to the Diocese of Manchester. He had served as the diocese’s ninth bishop for 13 years before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.

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