Catholic Archbishop Claims He Didn’t Know Sex With Children Was Illegal [Video]
A St. Louis Archbishop who is accused of having a history of molesting children is feigning ignorance in the unholiest of manners.
Archbishop Robert Carlson is claiming that he was unaware that child abuse was a crime in the 1980s.
Reports NBC News:
Attorney Jeff Anderson, who is representing an alleged clergy abuse victim, also released documents Monday indicating Robert 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 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.
Carlson was serving as the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul at the time of the allegations. Which, are most likely true given his utterly stupid testimonies.
Watch Carlson’s depositions below and on the next page to form your own opinion on the ordeal.