*And is apparently the only adult alive who doesn’t know, or remember if he knew, the term “Statutory Rape.” Clergy unaware of the term please see the definition here.
It is important to know who your Church leaders are and why we oppose their radical process. According to NBC News, with information taken from a video deposition before a sexual abuse trial, Archbishop Carlson doesn’t know if he knew at the time that failure to report priests having sex with children was a crime back in the 80’s when “Carlson’s role at the time was to investigate abuse claims.” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/st-louis-archbishop-didnt-know-sex-children-was-crime-n127291
Here is the video of a short segment of his deposition where he basically states that he doesn’t know if he knew what statutory rape was or whether or not he was obligated to report it to the police. Youtube also has the full 3 hour deposition if you can stomach it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=upW7SHAjSEA
You can’t flunk this quiz:
- We can conclude from his deposition that Archbishop Carlson either:
A. Was so incompetent that he didn’t know the law surrounding the statutory rapes he was investigating, or was so clerical as to be completely dismissive of civil laws at the time.
B. Lied up to 193 times in the deposition
C. Is suffering from long term memory loss or dementia.
D. Has powerful friends to protect.
E. All of the above.
Any of the above should be disqualifying for the office he holds and the power he wields over schools in each Diocese over which he is the Regional Metropolitan.
So naturally, since he didn’t know it was a crime, he “admitted in his deposition that he never personally went to police, even when a clergy member admitted to inappropriate behavior.*” We know for a fact that he knew children were raped and molested but we can’t say for sure if he knew that rape was illegal. Maybe civil law just wasn’t on his radar at the time.
*Priests sexually assaulting children is indeed inappropriate behavior, to put it extremely mildly.
Regardless of his personal piety at this time these responses should throw up a huge red flag. This is the man that is the direct authority over Bishop John Gaydos and the man who Gaydos stayed with for some time this last May. That is why it matters not just what the LGBT/Transgender process says but who is behind it and why they are pushing it. If you support the process you should still be very concerned about who is pushing it and why and what the skeletons in their closets will mean for that agenda. These aren’t the people you will want to come out of the closet on your side. Despite the continued media coverage and local pressure the Chancery and the Bishop have not budged on the issue and will not dialogue about it. We can’t help but wonder just how much filth would have to be revealed to convince them to do the right thing. These two Bishops control a very large school system and have authority over what happens in their schools and it matters very much what they do and think about the abuse of children. And as you can see in the deposition it mattered to a lot of abused children what Carlson thought about telling the truth to police, and how dismissive he might have been about civil law.
In the early Church the Roman Martyrs would refuse to offer a pinch of incense to the Emperor. Some local authorities would allow them not to offer the pinch but rather only let it be written that they did. These Christians would refuse to even let it be written that they did something that they did not do and they would be tortured to death for their defense of that truth. These videos show the opposite of that martyrdom, and in this current hierarchy a man is apparently promoted for such coverups. Reading the lives of the saints is edifying: people courageously undergoing torture for their beliefs. Out of that courage the Church thrived. Reading the lives of those involved in this process has quite the opposite affect: it is spiritually corrosive. Out of their corrosive behavior the Church shrinks.
Despite how severe these posts may seem we have hesitated to make this blog too personal beyond the scope and time of the current process. We’ve avoided a lot of skeletons that are simply a matter of public record. But if child abuse is the topic the Diocese wishes to be stubborn on then we can only take their lead. For the children who were abused things already were very personal. Four months has been plenty of time for the process leaders to listen to families, yet they will not. Four months is also plenty of time for people to begin to talk and connect the dots to their own stories. The more media coverage there is, the more people talk. The potential spiritual and physical abuse of children should be the final straw for every parent in the Diocese. It would be better for there to be no Church here than to have a Church that condones and promotes forms of physical and spiritual abuse thereby scandalizing Catholics and others alike so that they wouldn’t consider being Catholic. The Catholic Church lost entire countries to Protestantism for 500 years partly due to scandals 500 years ago, generations of families. Large numbers of abused and fallen away Catholics in this Diocese have decided the same over the last few decades. One thing you will rarely encounter: parents who pull their kids from Catholic schools but then return them and families who leave the Church due to scandal but then return. When there is scandal and nothing is done about it the problem grows so that when it erupts people are lost to the schools and the Church for good. That, more than temporarily restricting donations, threatens the existence of the Catholic schools.