Monday, 9 June 2014

Archbishop Says He Wasn't Really Sure Whether Raping Children Was a Crime in 1984

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Have you ever known someone to have raped a child but just didn't know if keeping it a secret was a crime - or even bad? No? Well, then I guess you're not Archbishop Robert Carlson.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson claims he was unaware sexual abuse was a crime

This very same Carlson who is absolutely certain pro-choice politicians should not partake of Jesus and who is rock solid 'in the know' that same-sex marriage is absolutely wrong, recently admitted that this whole raping children thing - well, that's a little fuzzy. Is that really wrong? Carlson apparently wasn't sure about that in 1984. You know, I'm pretty sure I would have known it's wrong and I was nine at the time.

But Carlson wasn't a nine year old back then. He was just the auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul.


I suppose Roman Catholic morality just wasn't as advanced back then. I'm sure it's fully up to date now and sheltering child molesting priests is absolutely wrong now. Thank goodness the Catholic Church is here to let us all know what's right or wrong or who knows what people would do, right?
During the deposition taken last month, attorney Jeff Anderson asked Carlson whether he knew 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 replied. “I understand today it's a crime.”

Anderson went on to ask Carlson whether he knew in 1984, when he was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, that it was crime for a priest to engage in sex with a child.

“I'm not sure if I did or didn't,” Carlson said.
Of course, anyone as morally confused as Carlson makes himself out as would be sociopathic. He could be a sociopath, I'm not putting it completely beyond the realm of possibility. However one thing's for certain, he appears to be just lying.
In a 1984 document, for example, Carlson wrote to the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis at the time — John R. Roach — about one victim of sexual abuse and mentioned that the statute of limitations for filing a claim would not expire for more than two years. He also wrote that the parents of the victim were considering reporting the incident to the police.
You can find the document attached to the above story. He appears as if he's just playing the fool in the hopes we'll all be idiots and fall for his ridiculous stories.

Just when I think I've seen how far the bar can drop it just gets lower and lower. Why are there Catholics again? Are we the only people who see this?

Edit 2014-06-10: The part about my knowing it's wrong when I was nine years old was more of a literary device than anything else. In retrospect, I may have sensed something was wrong but would have probably been confused and unable to express why. I was simply not equipped to defend myself as a nine year old boy and this is what makes this whole thing so revolting.

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