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Retired bishop of Manchester Diocese reacts to Law's death

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December 21. 2017 12:02AM


A retired bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester reacted to news of the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the former Archbishop of Boston, by saying he hopes both Law and victims of sexual abuse within the Church can “come to know the fullness of God’s peace.”

Cardinal Bernard F. Law installed John McCormack as the ninth bishop of Manchester on Sept. 22, 1998. McCormack, a Winthrop, Mass., native previously was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston and also served as one of Law’s top aides, charged with handling priests accused of sexually preying on children and clerical misconduct.

His nearly 13-year term at the Manchester Diocese was marked by controversy over his handling of child sexual abuse priests while serving as Law’s cabinet secretary from 1984-1994.

McCormack submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI shortly before he turned 75 on Aug. 12, 2010.

“Cardinal Law was involved in the tragic scandal of sexual abuse within the Church, an abuse that has had very deep effects on victims and their families,” said McCormack in a statement issued Wednesday. “On several occasions he asked for forgiveness for his involvement. During his lifetime of service he also did good things for people in the community and in the Church, such as for immigrants and the poor.

“I have kept the people harmed by abuse and the members of their families in my prayers. I keep Cardinal Law in my prayers too. May they, and he, come to know the fullness of God’s peace.”

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