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New Hampshire newspaper criticizes bishop’s ‘secrecy’ on hospital ethics reports

November 24, 2009

Expressing concern that the proposed merger of a Catholic hospital could compromise the hopsital’s Catholic identity, the Manchester Union Leader has criticized Bishop John McCormack for refusing to release the contents of ethics reviews that examine whether the merger would allow the hospital to continue to operate under the US bishops’ religious and ethical directives.

“Keeping these reviews secret is more than monumentally bad public relations,” the editors write. “McCormack's insistence on keeping parishioners in the dark about an issue of profound ethical concern reminds everyone of his past failure to keep faith with his flock. Why raise suspicions again? He should release the reports, whatever their content, in the interest of honest dealing.”


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  • Posted by: - Nov. 24, 2009 1:41 PM ET USA

    That's easy... the faithful of Bishop McCormack's diocese can simply let the collection basket go empty until the good bishop releases the contents of the review. That should take about, oh, three weeks, tops.