Friday, June 13, 2014

St. Louis Archbishop Didn't Know Sex With Children Was a Crime

Whenever people I know wonder about why I am a heretic and atheist, I offer Exhibit A, Archbiship Robert Carlson of St. Louis.  This fine specimen of medieval ignorance claimed in a recent deposition that he was unaware years ago (during one of the many sex scandals of my old church) that it was illegal to have sex with children.


St. Louis Archbishop Didn't Know Sex With Children Was a Crime

The St. Louis archbishop embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal testified last month that he didn’t know in the 1980s whether it was illegal for priests to have sex with children, according to a court deposition released Monday.

Archbishop Robert Carlson, who was chancellor of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul at the time, was deposed as part of a lawsuit against the Twin Cities archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota.

In a video released by the St. Paul law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, the Catholic archbishop is asked whether he had known it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child.

“I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson responded. “I understand today it’s a crime.”
When asked when he first realized it was a crime for an adult — including priests — to have sex with a child, Carlson, 69, shook his head.

“I don’t remember,” he testified.

Attorney Jeff Anderson, who is representing an alleged clergy abuse victim, also released documents Monday indicating Carlson was aware in 1984 of the seriousness of child abuse allegations. He wrote to then-Archbishop John Roach that parents of one of the alleged victims was planning to go to police.

Carlson’s role at the time was to investigate abuse claims. He admitted in his deposition that he never personally went to police, even when a a clergy member admitted to inappropriate behavior.

In last month’s testimony, Carlson responded 193 times that he did not recall abuse-related conversations from the 1980s to mid-1990s.

Anderson provided a report from a previous deposition in 1987 in which now-deceased Bishop Loras Watters said he advised Carlson to answer “I don’t remember” if questioned in court.
Carlson responded last month that he had “no knowledge of the discussion.”

Carlson left the Twin Cities in 1994, and eventually became St. Louis archbishop in 2009.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis said in a statement Monday that Carlson had given testimony “several times many years ago” about the same allegations, according to NBC affiliate KSDK.

“In this most recent deposition, while not being able to recall his knowledge of the law exactly as it was many decades ago, the Archbishop did make clear that he knows child sex abuse is a crime today,” the statement said. “The question does not address the Archbishop’s moral stance on the sin of pedophilia, which has been that it is a most egregious offense.”

The trial against the Twin Cities archdiocese is slated to begin in September.

Of course, this is the same Archbiship Carlson who believes the church is right to deny communion to pro-choice politicians, because abortion is "murder."  This is the same Archbishop Carlson who, while he was the bishop of Sioux Falls, openly criticized Senator Tom Daschle (a Catholic politician) about his views on abortion, particularly partial birth abortion.  You see, the ex-Senator from South Dakota at the time brokered a 'compromise' of sorts that permitted the federal government to ban partial birth abortion, while leaving an exemption in cases of mental impairment or physical health reasons.  The thought of not being able to force a rape victim to carry a baby to term caused then-Bishop Carlson to lambaste Daschle as a sellout and impure Catholic.

So, Robert Carlson has an established, lifelong record of denying women reproductive choice under the guise of supporting life.  That fetus is a person, just like you and me.  But hey, if you want to rape kids (i.e., those already outside of the womb) back in the 1980s, Archbishop Carlson is just not sure if that is wrong or illegal.  Indeed, if you believe him (and I certainly do not [hey, archbishop, lying is a sin, correct?]), he cannot even remember when it did become wrong.  In other words, you should not "kill" fetal tissue produced by rape (still my old church's position on the issue).  Just rape them after they are born and then pretend you didn't know it was illegal.  

And that, dear readers, encapsulates perfectly the true wickedness and evil of organized religion.

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