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

From Church and State:

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.


  1. Forgot where I read this, but it’s a good point: if you saw the clergy’s rate of child molestation and internal cover up for child molestation among Pizza Hut managers, there would be no more Pizza Hut.

  2. Reminds me of the uber-rich punk teen that got probation for a DUI Manslaughter charge by claiming “Affluenza”; his wealth-sheltered life made him unaware that it was wrong to drive drunk.

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