NH bishop branded a 'pedophile pimp' gets apology

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 5:01 PM
NH bishop branded a 'pedophile pimp' gets apology

The Republican leader of the New Hampshire House has apologized to a Roman Catholic bishop he called a "pedophile pimp."

A spokesman for state Rep. D.J. Bettencourt says Thursday's private meeting with Bishop John McCormack went well. Spokesman Jim Rivers says Bettencourt isn't commenting on it.

A Diocese of Manchester spokesman says McCormack has no comment.

McCormack was an aide to Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston, where the Catholic sex abuse scandal began. He was in charge of investigating sexual misconduct allegations.

The Salem politician last week called the bishop a "pedophile pimp" who should've been led from the Statehouse in handcuffs after criticizing cuts to social services in the House budget.

Bettencourt wrote online McCormack had no business urging lawmakers to protect the vulnerable given his role in the abuse scandal. He later called his comment inappropriate.