On Sunday, January 3, 2016 Bishop Slattery will celebrate Mass at Holy Family Cathedral and will read the following message: "As you have noticed in the latest issue of the diocesan magazine, the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic, I am celebrating Mass on Sunday, January 3, 2016 for any and all victims of child sexual abuse and their families. May God in his infinite mercy remove this terrible evil from our Church and our society.
For my part, I wish to apologize for and acknowledge any failure on my part to protect our young people. I promise to do everything in my power to do so in the future. Please consider this statement as my pledge to you to make sure that the mistakes of the past are never repeated. Please pray for me, for our priests and deacons, for all parents, and for their children. May this Year of Mercy be a time of deep conversion to Jesus Christ for all of us."