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Married chancellor's plea helped shape Bishop Gregory's thoughts on sex-abuse crisis in 2002

Catholic World News - April 28, 2010

A long, impassioned letter from the married chancellor of his diocese helped shift the thinking of Bishop Wilton Gregory on the sex-abuse scandal in 2002, the St. Louis Beacon reports.

The Beacon reproduces the letter that David Spotanski wrote while he was serving as chancellor of the Belleville, Illinois diocese under Bishop Gregory, who was then president of the US bishops' conference. (He has since become the Archbishop of Atlanta.)

"Our children are more important to Sharon and me than anything in the world," Spotanski wrote. He told Bishop Gregory: "No priest, no religious, no lay person who is not a parent can truly appreciate the incredible weight of that single sentence."

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