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Did Pope Francis really tell a 90-year-old atheist journalist that 1 in 50 priests are pedophiles? Published: July 14, 2014

No recorder. No notes. Just a 90-year-old Italian journalist’s report that the pope told him 2 percent of priests are pedophiles, says the Washington Post.

The Vatican said Eugenio Scalfari’s recent discussion with Pope Francis was a “cordial conversation to exchange ideas.”

Does that mean it was on the record? We’re not sure. And as of Sunday morning — after the Italian newspaper La Repubblica published a whopper of a Pope interview that got the global news machine humming — such nettlesome caveats ceased being important.

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