I’ve said it before, but every once in a while a story breaks that leaves me utterly speechless. And this is one of those stories.
In what I can only describe as one of the most absurd comments I might have ever stumbled across, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson testified that he wasn’t sure if pedophilia among priests was actually illegal.
Carlson is being accused of helping the church cover up sexual abuse cases that date back to the 1970’s.
“I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson said. “I understand today it’s a crime.”
I don’t even know what to say to that. Well, I do. But the amount of four letter words that would fill this page wouldn’t exactly be appropriate, though I’m sure most of you can imagine what they might be.
He was asked if he knew in 1984 that pedophilia was illegal.
“I’m not sure if I did or didn’t,” Carlson said.
Despite his denials of having any knowledge that these disgusting activities were illegal, documents that were released show that he wrote a letter in 1984 to John Roach, then the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, concerning the claims of one sex abuse victim. So he clearly knew what was going on was wrong and illegal.
Though as he continued rambling on, he almost admitted that he knew what was going on, but then tried to say that hardly anyone understood the true ramifications of it.
“I think if you go back in history, I think the whole culture did not know what they were dealing with,” Carlson said. “I think therapists didn’t. I don’t think we fully understood. I don’t think public school administrators understood it. I don’t think we realized it was the serious problem it is.”
I’m just – speechless.
This quite honestly is one of the most absurd stories I’ve ever run across. First for him to claim that he wasn’t quite sure if pedophilia was illegal, then for him to say that practically no one understood the ramifications of it – it’s absolutely ridiculous.
I can only hope that justice comes down swift and harsh on all those who were responsible for this reprehensible situation.
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