Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis can’t remember if he knew it was mandatory to report statutory rape. Just to be clear, even if he didn’t know he was a mandatory reporter of rape, as a cleric and moral authority he had an obligation to past and potential future victims to report rape. That’s why society has passed laws requiring abuse to be reported. One need not be Catholic to understand that something is wrong and that a rapist is a danger to children.
But there is in fact a document that says he did know something and like a certain Diocese of Jefferson City LGBT/Transgender Process document it was confidential at the time. Here’s the heading:
Memo to: Archbishop John R. Roach
From: Bishop Carlson
Subject: Father Tom Adamson
In summary Gregory Riedle was serving 13 months in prison for rape but he himself was abused by Father Tom Adamson. Gregory’s parents were upset that their son was in prison but Father Adamson received no punishment and in fact was still allowed to see their son. The parents reminded Bishop Carlson (Now Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis) that it was illegal for priests to have sex with 14 year old boys and that the statute of limitations wouldn’t expire for another 2.5 years. Knowing and admitting to each other that a crime was committed, did Bishop Carlson or Archbishop Roach contact police? No, but they sure documented their own inaction well. These kind of people are methodical in what they do and if they produce a 17 page document they know what it means even if they want you to think it means something else.
Watch the deposition again knowing about this 1984 rape document, is he really telling the truth there? Are the leaders of the Diocese of Jefferson City telling the truth?
Guess who played this role in the St. Louis Archdiocese a few years later?