Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Can't Remember If He Knew Raping Kids Is a Crime

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Archbishop Carlson just can't remember things.
St. Louis' "Most Reverend" cloaked man says that back in the wild and crazy '80s, he didn't know sexually abusing a child was against the law.

The comments came during a deposition for a lawsuit against Thomas Adamson, a former priest who is accused of molesting more than a dozen kids in the Minnesota area during the 1980s. Carlson was the chancellor of the Minnesota archdiocese during those years, and attorneys representing the plaintiffs called upon him to comment about what he knew.

And Carlson basically said he knew so little, that he didn't even know raping kids was a crime.

See also: Fr. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang: Archbishop Robert Carlson Subpoenaed in Priest Sex Abuse Case

The deposition was made in May but not released until Monday by attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents the plaintiff in Minnesota. Anderson also released video of the deposition in which Carlson repeatedly denies knowing whether or not sexually abusing a child was a crime back in the 1970s and '80s. Here's the video:

Anderson: "Archbishop, you knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid."

Carlson: "I'm not sure I knew whether it was a crime or not. I understand today it's a crime."

Anderson: "When did you first discern it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid?"

Carlson: "I don't remember."

Anderson: "When did you first discern that it was a crime for a priest to engage in sex with a kid who he had under his control?"

Carlson: "I don't remember that either."

Anderson: "Do you have any doubt in your mind that you knew that in the '70s?"

Carlson: "I don't remember if I did or didn't."

Anderson: "In 1984, you are a bishop, an auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. You knew it was a crime then, right?"

Carlson:
"I'm not sure if I did or didn't."

Click on the next page to see memos Carlson wrote in the 1980s that might prove he did know...


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107 comments
cpamom9
cpamom9

This is so pathetic..the archdiocese has a "report sexual abuse" link on their home page. What a transparent and feeble attempt to appear to care and garner some good PR. Who is going to believe these people? Get the hell out of our town Carlson and do everyone a favor and leave the priesthood. You sicken me.

Barb Johnson
Barb Johnson

Liar, liar. Needs to face perjury charges at the very least. His testimony was disgusting!

Nick Brammeier
Nick Brammeier

How can you not know that sex with kids is and always has been illegal?...losing all my faith in the Catholic church...not the religion, but the church...the human aspect of it.

Jayme Lynn Brewer
Jayme Lynn Brewer

So disgusting. Makes my stomach turn. Holier than thou my ass.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

PARENTS- All Catholics should remove their children from the church. Let's see how far they get when the next generation is kept from them. If they won't protect children versus criminal pedophiles in a Priest costume....then children should not go to a Catholic church. The End.

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

people wake up - this is a HUGE problem that runs deep involving the highest echelon of our corrupt society; Government, Military, Royalty, Hollywood, Rothschilds and on and on - google or youtube Kay Griggs, The Franklin Coverup, Cathy O'Brien, Johnny Gosch story, Pentagon Pedophelia with Anderson Cooper and this is only a few of the hundreds of stories out there. when are we going to do something about this?

James Madison
James Madison

Those condemning the Archbishop should step back and recall Bill Clinton's sworn testimony when he refused to answer simple questions, adn then questioned the what the define of "Is" is.

James Madison
James Madison

When, precisely, did you learn of any specific law? Seldom can we recall with certainty. We might have the idea something was legal without knowing it was for certain.

neil.allen.76
neil.allen.76

Archbishop Carlson is lying, of course, which is the standard Catholic approach.  The problem is that there is a video of him lying.  However, Catholic followers are so weak minded that they will be convinced that the video isn’t real.


Regardless of the obvious American laws, he is also brutally defying Jesus in Matt 18:6, where Jesus said child rape was unforgivable, but Bishop Carlson, like all Catholics, doesn't care about what Jesus said if it's inconvenient.


Think this means that Carlson himself might be another pedophile priest, since he had such a casual attitude about sex with children?


Carlson is protecting and providing for pedo-priests in St Louis like Fr Larson, who raped 17 children, of which 5 committed suicide.  Larson is living out a free, luxury retirement near St Louis, paid by Catholics.


Steve Wilmes
Steve Wilmes

How can anyone be associated with a religious group that lie to save money at the expense of the young

Sandy Ard
Sandy Ard

30 yrs ago sex abuse was not talked about, if you told no one went to jail it was dealt with within the family and church. If anyone knew there were no calls to police or DFS it was swept under a rug. As a survivor that's the way it went for me.

Laura Hamm
Laura Hamm

The man had Stage 4 bladder cancer, and anyone who's a Catholic is a bit of a moron anyway. He really should have died. Let's stop crucifying him already.

Sally Enderle
Sally Enderle

What a jackass. Needs to be kicked out of the church.

Phyllis Johnson Fisher
Phyllis Johnson Fisher

Catholic Church, clean up your house! "Archbishop Pedophile"...These situations are ridiculously sad to hear about time & time again!

Sandy Simeone Ryan
Sandy Simeone Ryan

I pray for him and forgive him for embarrassing all faithful Catholics that believed in him. But now he must resign. He can no longer lead his flock he has lost our trust and should not be in a position to teach religion to our children

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

Old news nothing to like satins got the fire stoked for this"innocent"

Ken Dean
Ken Dean

The Catholic Church should be disbanded and I am a Catholic

Ken Dean
Ken Dean

He is a pervert and most likely Has porked a few little boys himself

Jon Ackley
Jon Ackley

I would love to rail on these guys, but why? Their going to do themselves in. The Catholic church, in the course of history, has been the biggest bunch of thieves, liars, murderers and pedophiles in the world. You reap what you sow.

Matt Higgins
Matt Higgins

This guy needs to be placed in 'gen pop' in the state prison w/ the entire prison knowing his views on sex w/children.

Pamela Polson Olmstead
Pamela Polson Olmstead

Brenda McBride Watson....why would anyone remain Catholic? Because of our faith, which has zilch to do with those pedophile priests.

Beth Bender
Beth Bender

With such memory issues sounds like he is unfit for duty. Time to retire!!! Make me proud Pope Francis...time to intervene.

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

It's bigger than just that. The Church protected them and allowed them to victimize more children. The whole church is corrupt.

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

The fact that he was promoted after all this occurred should tell you something about the Catholic church

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

Of course he knew, its called lying to protect your own hide. Not exactly a WWJD moment. Of course he is just a man, but why did the church promote him, and why hasn't he been defrocked? Furthermore, why would anyone continue being Catholic after all these church cover up scandals? Just my opinion.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

When are we going to get serious with the pedophiles who are hiding behind the Cross of Jesus to commit their evil crimes against children?! The Catholic church should take them all and turn them over to the mercy of the courts. Anything less is cancerous to the their church and should be viewed as such. The church should be sued......all the way to the Vatican for ignoring this situation that is BEING ALLOWED TO PERPETUATE! Who are they serving?....God or pedophiles? Enough is enough.

Barb McBride
Barb McBride

Omg are we really hearing this???!!! What makes him any different then any other SICK LOW LIFE!!!! Why is he allowed to be free much less what he is????! WOW WOW WOW!!

Trish McGuire
Trish McGuire

You are a VERY SICK person... May you rot in HELL

Julie Adams Huber
Julie Adams Huber

Absolutely appalling. Wonder if this will be a big story in Catholic St. Louis or if it will disappear.

Mary Ann O'Mara Kemper
Mary Ann O'Mara Kemper

I bet he will remember something when those big boys on jail get ahold of his ass!!!

Lisa Michele Schnieders
Lisa Michele Schnieders

CAN UOU BELIEVE THIS CRAP ??!! DIDNT KNOW IT WAS WRONG TO HAVE SEX WITH A CHILD. !!! SICK BASTARDS !!!

Vicky Chlanda
Vicky Chlanda

What???? If he dosent remember anything then shouldn't he be in a home for altheimers ??!!!

Josh Linderer
Josh Linderer

the whole catholic church is guilty of it making them like that

Rick Liljenberg
Rick Liljenberg

I knew when I was in kindergarten that a random adult wasn't supposed to touch my wiener....didn't have to grow up and become a priest or archbishop to find out...

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