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Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Kerala floods during the Angelus noon prayer in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Kerala floods during the Angelus noon prayer in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)


On Monday, Pope Francis released a letter to Catholics around the world expressing his condemnation of the "crimes" of priestly sexual abuse and their concealment by leaders in the Church. The Oklahoman's Carla Hinton got reaction locally.

When the doors opened, the Rev. Rick Stansberry stepped into the hospital elevator and noticed a man and a young boy were already inside.

As the two prepared to get out, the boy asked the man why they were getting off on a floor that wasn't where they were originally headed.

"Because it's not safe with him in here," the man said, glancing at Stansberry who wore the clerical collar readily identifying him as a Catholic priest.

The memory of that 2002-2003 encounter recently came bubbling to the surface when Stansberry learned about a grand jury report sharing sordid details about alleged clergy sex abuse in several Pennsylvania dioceses and the decades-long efforts to cover it up.

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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