Group Asks McCormack Not to Destroy Records of Dead Priests

Foster's Daily Democrat [Concord NH]
Downloaded January 10, 2003

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group of alleged victims of priest sexual abuse is asking Bishop John B. McCormack not to destroy the personnel records of clergymen who have died.

The group, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said in a letter to McCormack they recently heard he was considering destroying such files, and said to do so would prevent "healing, justice and truth."

The group asked McCormack to "be sensitive to the recovery of victim survivors of priest abuse and refrain from the unnecessary and deliberate removal of information that is vital to this process."

Patrick McGee, spokesman for McCormack, said the Diocese of Manchester is not considering such a move, and said the church has no plans to destroy records.

"At this point there is nothing that would trigger such a contemplation on our part," McGee said. "We’ve taken no steps in that direction."


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