Diocese Settles Lawsuit Filed by Priest
Details of Agreement Not Released [Concord NH]
May 13, 2003

CONCORD, N.H. -- A Roman Catholic priest who sued the Manchester Diocese has settled his lawsuit.

The Rev. James MacCormack said Bishop John McCormack derailed his career to keep him quiet about a dead priest's pornography collection.

Church officials said the priest was exploiting the situation for financial gain. The terms of the settlement were not revealed.

MacCormack said in his lawsuit he was among a group of priests asked to search the home of the Rev. Richard Connors after he died. The search uncovered an extensive collection of pornographic videos and pictures that later were destroyed.

MacCormack's lawyer said that when the priest sexual abuse scandal broke, church officials viewed MacCormack as a threat, and the bishop accused him of being mentally unstable.

His lawyer said MacCormack is working as a counselor in a public school now and does not plan to return to the priesthood.


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