McCormack, John B.

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McCormack, John B. Gender: M
John Brendon McCormack
born on 12 August 1935
Place Winthrop, Massachusetts, 42n23, 70w59
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Taglilatelo
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American cleric; Bishop of the Manchester, New Hampshire diocese, John McCormack seems to have had intimate knowledge of the sex scandal that rocked the Boston archdiocese.

In 1993, nearly a decade before the scandal erupted, McCormack, at Cardinal Bernard Law’s bidding, drafted a policy requiring that abusive priests be removed from duty. However, six weeks after the policy’s adoption, McCormack himself sought an exemption for the Reverend Raymond Plourde, who had admitted to molesting a 12-year-old boy. While Plourde was removed from his post as pastor of his Newburyport parish despite McCormack’s intervention, McCormack seems to have established a pattern of treating accused priests more indulgently than the policy allowed, allegedly dismissing or denying some victims’ charges outright. Church officials have denied that McCormack had any intention of wrongdoing and have pointed out the many times McCormack acted swiftly and decisively against other accused priests when their wrongful actions were beyond dispute.

Some have commented on McCormack’s loyalty to his friends, even to those who were accused of sexual abuse. Others have observed that McCormack valued discretion above all and wanted to avoid a public scandal at all costs.

McCormack graduated from Boston College High School in 1952 and St. John’s Seminary in 1960, a classmate of accused priests Joseph E. Birmingham, Paul R. Shanley, Bernard J. Lane, and James D. Foley. In 1969, he earned his Master’s degree in social work from Boston College. Ordained in 1960, he became a parish priest at St. James Church in Salem, MA. From 1967-1981, he was Director of Catholic Charities for the North Shore. For the next four years, he served as pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church in Malden, and, in 1985, became Cabinet Secretary for ministerial affairs in the archdiocese.

In 1995, he once again became a pastor, this time for St. Francis Xavier Church in Weymouth; he was consecrated as a bishop in December that year. From 1996-1998, he served as an auxiliary bishop for Boston’s southern region, and in 1998, he was installed as bishop of the Manchester, NH diocese.

In 2002, McCormack lost credibility within his own diocese after he reassigned the Reverend Roland P. Cote to a Jaffrey, NH parish without informing the affected parishioners, even though Cote had admitted to a sexual affair with a teenager several years prior.

He submitted his resignation on 10 August 2010, and it was accepted by Pope Beneditct XVI on 19 September 2011.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : New Career 1960 (ordained in 1960 and became parish priest)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1985 (became Cabinet Secretary for ministerial affairs in the archdiocese of Boston)
  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 10 August 2010 (Submitted resignation)
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Source Notes

Pat Taglilatelo quotes birth certificate which does not have time


  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western