UPDATED: Majority Leader calls protester-supporting Catholic Bishop a “pedophile pimp”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt blasted Bishop John McCormack of the Manchester Diocese as a “pedophile pimp” because the Bishop spoke at a State House rally protesting Republican proposed budget cuts.
The Bishop called the cuts a “moral concern” because “the vulnerable take priority in any society.”
Bettencourt fired back on Facebook.
“Would the Bishop like to discuss his history of protecting the ‘vulnerable’? This man is a pedophile pimp who should have been led away from the State House in handcuffs with a rain coat over his head in disgrace. He has absolutely no moral credibility to lecture anyone,” Bettencourt posted.
Bettencourt elaborated on his comments in exclusive remarks to NH Journal emphasizing his own Catholic faith.
“Yes, my language was colorful but I stand by the sentiment in describing a man who has in my opinion brought shame and dishonor on my church here in New Hampshire,” Bettencourt said. “As a practicing Catholic it is truly disappointing that we would have a leader with a record of enabling such egregious and unacceptable behavior. From my perspective it will be a great day for New Hampshire Catholics when Bishop McCormack retires and we can bring new leadership to the church that is untainted by the abuses of our current bishop. He stepped on to secular soil yesterday and he should not be above being called out on the merits of his words and actions. ”
Jack Kimball, the Chairman of the NHGOP condemned Bettencourt’s remarks.
“I have not yet spoken to Mr. Bettencourt personally about his comments, but I am disappointed with his words and I don’t share his sentiments,” Kimball stated.