- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis said several times under oath that he couldn’t remember how he dealt with child sex abuse allegations against a Minnesota priest years ago, and that he’s “not sure” he even believed child sex was a crime back then.

Archbishop Robert Carlson was deposed last month in a case against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where he served for years and had a role in investigating allegations of abuse from 1979 to 1994, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Mr. Carlson said he never contacted police when former Rev. Thomas Adamson admitted in 1984 that he engaged in criminal sexual contact with a minor.

When asked if he knew at the time that it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child, Mr. Carlson said: “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not. I understand today it’s a crime.”

The St. Louis archdiocese released a statement saying the archbishop “did make it clear that he knows child sex abuse is a crime today.”

“The question does not address the Archbishop’s moral stance on the sin of pedophilia, which has been that it is a most egregious offense,” the St. Louis archdiocese said, The Associated Press reported.