A catholic bishop whose trial for paedophile offences has shockingly claimedÂ that he did not know it was illegal for priests to have sex with children.
The St. Louis archbishop embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal made the damning and spiritually heart-wrenching comments when he testified last month.
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.
More appalling is the moral angle of the revelations. 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.
â€œIâ€™m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,â€ Carlson responded. â€œI understand today itâ€™s a crime.â€
When asked when he first realized it was a crime for an adult â€” including priests â€” to have sex with a child, Carlson, 69, shook his head.Â â€œI donâ€™t remember,â€ he testified.
“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,â€ the statement said. â€œThe question does not address the Archbishopâ€™s moral stance on the sin of pedophilia, which has been that it is a most egregious offense.â€
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