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— And what is the problem? Even Economus has no idea.

"I think it's part nature, part nurture. I hope the mental health people begin to look at it. But at this point there's no cure for it."

Kos himself agrees. "If I was a fixated pedophile," he told the Dallas Morning News on May 25, "I'd deserve to be put to death. They're incurable."

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The intercom beneath the State Street apartments has stopped responding. I give up and cross State Street just in time to see an elderly priest disappear into Our Lady of the Rosary's church hall. When I ask Father Louis Mary Solcia about Father Kos, he says he doesn't know.

"Probably the diocese knows," he says. "Maybe the bishop, [but] I don't think so. He never came to church. I saw the face in the picture in [your] paper, and I don't recall [seeing] it. And I'm here in the church all the time."

Father Solcia says no one from the Dallas diocese has called about Father Kos. Priests like Father Kos, he says, "they move out. They move away. They disappear. Vanish."

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