Does this headline, from The Raw Story, really surprise you?
What shameful dissimulation! One thing’s for sure: Archbishop Carlson is lying not for Jesus, but to save his own skin.
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson testified last month that he wasn’t sure whether it was illegal for priests to have sex with children while he served as chancellor of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese.
The former chancellor gave a deposition last month in a lawsuit that claims the Minnesota archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona created a public nuisance by keeping information on abusive priests secret, reported Minnesota Public Radio.
The civil lawsuit was brought by an anonymous man claiming sexual abuse by former priest Thomas Addison in Minnesota. At the time, Carlson was in that state as an Auxillary Bishop, and handled sexual-abuse accusations. Addison admitted to Carlson that he sexually abused another boy, yet Carlson didn’t report the incident to police.
The 69-year-old Carlson also faces a massive clergy abuse lawsuit in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where he’s served as archbishop since 2009.
One document made public in that case shows more than 100 priests and church employees have been accused of sexual abuse, and the Missouri Supreme Court ordered the archdiocese to turn over their names under seal.
Watch Carlson’s testimony and weep for the children. According to the YouTube notes, during this deposition, taken in May of this year, Carlson answered “I don’t remember” 193 times!
It’s clear by now that we can consider pedophilia and the covering up of its consequences an official policy of the Catholic Church.