Bishop McCormack to Be Questioned in Boston Next Week

Foster's Daily Democrat [Manchester NH]
Downloaded January 17, 2003

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bishop John B. McCormack is scheduled to be questioned in Boston next week by lawyers representing 54 men who say they were sexually abused as children by a priest there, the bishop’s lawyer said.

McCormack, a top aide to Boston Cardinal Bernard Law from 1984 to 1994, is expected to be questioned Wednesday and Friday in the lawsuit involving the Rev. Joseph E. Birmingham, attorney Brian Tucker said.

The suit alleges that Birmingham, who died in 1989, abused the men when he served in four Massachusetts parishes from the 1960s to the 1980s.

McCormack served with Birmingham at St. James Parish in Salem, Mass., in the 1960s. Birmingham was made pastor of a Gloucester, Mass., parish in 1985.

McCormack has said he had no suspicions at the time that Birmingham was molesting children.


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