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

By Alison Vingiano | 10 June 2014

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson.
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson.

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 Dispatch reports. 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.

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  1. all religion is horseshit. plain and simple. the justification to ravage the lives of children while hiding behind a god that does not exist is as low as it gets.

  2. Hey archbishop,
    Here’s a news flash… You boys aren’t allowed to have sex with ANYONE! Not your fellow clergy, not even yourself! You all decided to be chaste, that includes children. Why you wouldn’t know this or think it’s ok makes me realize what a loser POS you are.

  3. I’m not going to pretend I know…but what I believe is that there is no heaven or hell. We made up these Ideas to comfort ourselves given our sentience that we will one day die. That being said, if we truly only have one life to live, robbing a person of their lives through sexual abuse is even more evil. People like to say that it’s not all of the Catholic Church and priests that are guilty of this, to which I would ask: if the principle of a school knows one his her or her teachers is abusing a student, and simply covers it up..
    .would we give that principal a pass? What about the superintendent? You all know the answer. The Catholic Church is held at a different standard because too many people fear the “hell” the church continues to hold over our heads.

  4. Being a part of this organization and contributing to it seems to me to be lacking in compassion if not down right immoral.

  5. Disgraceful they were only inter was protecting the RCChurch I am amazed that any one believe any thing they I would castrated every one of them that were found guilty and stop giving this organisation any money

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