St. Louis Archbishop Says He Didn’t Know It Was Illegal For Priests To Have Sex With Kids

“I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” said St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, who is part of a lawsuit accusing more than 100 priests and church employees of sex abuse. “I understand today it’s a crime.”

By Alison Vingiano | 10 June 2014
BuzzFeed

An archbishop from St. Louis testified last month that he “wasn’t sure” if he knew it was illegal for priests to have sex with children.

Robert Carlson, now a 69-year-old archbishop in St. Louis but formerly an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, gave a deposition last month for a lawsuit that claims the Minnesota Archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona caused a “public nuisance” by not disclosing information on abusive priests, the MPR news first reported.

Carlson additionally faces a clergy abuse lawsuit as part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where more than 100 priests and church employees have been accused of sexual abuse, the St. Louis Dispatchreports. Carlson has served as archbishop there since 2009.

During the deposition last month, attorney Jeff Anderson asked Carlson if he knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sexual acts with a child.

But documents released Monday by Anderson seem to show that Carlson knew sex abuse was a crime.

In a 1984 letter to the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John Roach, Carlson discussed one sex abuse victim and the statute of limitations regarding that case.

Carlson admitted during the deposition that while he never reported sex abuse himself, he did encourage parents to report sex abuse to police on at least one occasion.

“I think in everything we do, once we’ve experienced it, we reflect on our actions and we ask what we can do better,” Carlson said. “I think we did a pretty good job. Obviously, based on some 25 years later, I would do it differently.”

Carlson has reportedly been involved in handling sexual abuse cases in Minnesota for 15 years.

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2014/06/st-louis-archbishop-claims-he-wasnt-sure-it-was-illegal-for-priests-to-have-sex-with-kids/

 

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6 Responses to “St. Louis Archbishop Says He Didn’t Know It Was Illegal For Priests To Have Sex With Kids”

  1. Men Scryfa says:

    Tristram Hunt: Why vote Ukip?

    Schoolboy: To get the foreigners out.

    http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/16/it-might-get-the-foreigners-out-labour-mp-silenced-by-pupils-pledge-to-vote-ukip-5153324/

    They had to rig the vote. The Cabal had no option. That is a major sign of weakness. It was never intended for them to have to take the gloves off so soon.

    Weak.

    • Adam Lightwarrior Exposing the Secret Space Program says:

      Jennifer says:
      2.The funniest thing that the talentless David Baddiel has ever uttered;
      “Conspiracy theories are how idiots get to feel like intellectuals”.
      Someone has their hand up this puppet.

      3.Reply

      1. 15 May 2015 9:34 am

      Adam Lightwarrior exposing the SSP says:

      Henry, well observed comments you made there at the end, about pretence of democracy and coded form
      I had a similar realisation, in 2014, to change my words and verbiage and make it non confrontational, espousing peace instead, and not homing in on particular individuals.
      Instead I just want to attack Achilles heels to get big truths out….then what we all want will happen like dominoes
      Henry, the secret space program is THE biggest illuminati secret. Its the key and Achilles heel that will stop all this TTIP trade agreement, Monsanto, Paedophile issues. All the lies and Matrix will fall.
      I think now, we all are being a bit myopic chasing after election issues and analysis. Exposing the SSP is where its at
      Coleman will have to shut his website down, once all the SSP and related spiritual truths realities come out.
      Because there’ll be no need for a colemanexperience anymore. Because the entire rotten system that harbors this evil hiding in plain sight, will start to implode and deconstruct
      White hats are behind a huge disclosure strategy this year. The SSP is where its at Henry
      Camerons attempts to clamp down on bloggers don’t stand a chance next to this emerging explosive SSP lie

      Reply

      1. 15 May 2015 10:36 am

      Adam Lightwarrior Exposing the Secret Space Program says:

      Ive not read this anywhere, though it may exist. Its just an inner feeling I have
      I don’t think David Frost really died on that cruise ship. I think hes on some SSP vessel somewhere
      My thoughts made stronger by reading recently, some high profile people have ‘disappeared’, are being kept safe in some kind of witness protection programme, to be used when the illuminati trials start after the Event, and Disclosure
      Frosts a massive insider. Its possible too, he might have done some very bad things.
      But time will tell, but I don’t think david frost died. He was worth hundreds of millions, he appeared to live well and look after himself. A man like that doesn’t suddenly die on a cruise ship
      Im realising, nothing is like it seems on this planet

  2. t1zzla says:

    Ignorance of the law is no defence

  3. Tapestry says:

    Baddiel’s wide of the mark. He’s the idiot. The world view we are fed is predicated on the given ‘truth’ that there is only one God, who is good. If we say surely there’s also a powerful evil influence bringing itself to bear, we are called conspiracy theorists. There is a duality in the world. It is no theory. No amount of NLP can hide the real truth of our being. Evil is strongly present, and needs to be uncovered and addressed. Evil of course seks to hide itself, and clothe itself as good. The three patriarchal, monotheistic, Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaeism are all vehicles for the delivery of evil, as are the political and legal systems.

    The instinct and intelligence of man cannot be overpowered by all of these creations. We recognise evil with ease. Evil is also the foundation of the entertainments industry. We must seek it out and drive it out, as we are beginning to do.

  4. Lynn says:

    The system has been long in the making !! infiltrating all of the power structures. The whole situation we are in has been manipulated and the realisation is dawning. We are totaly enslaved whilst they are getting away with murder. Who is going to stop this madness is anyones guess.Above the law and every exit covered. We have been led into danger and it is time to educate people about the total Diktak.

  5. Barrie J says:

    Didn’t the Gospel according to Mathew have something to say about the punishment Jesus suggested for those harming children?
    18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. So, not only does this ‘man of God’ not know secular law, it seems the teachings of Jesus are also a mystery to him.

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