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Archbishop Carlson releases statement about recent deposition controversy

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(KTVI)-- St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson is speaking out after criticism erupted over comments he made during a priest sex abuse case.

In a three minute statement and a letter to parishioners in the archdiocese, Archbishop Carlson apologized for the concern and frustration the deposition caused.

The diocese and Carlson's attorney have said that his testimony for a sex abuse case while he was a church leader in Minnesota, were taken out of context.

Now, he said he misunderstood a series of questions presented to him.

Archbishop Carlson said his tenure has promoted and put in place conduct codes, safe environment programs and clergy training.

He said actions speak louder than words and that his record speaks for itself.

Watch the full Youtube video below.

8 comments

  • Groovy Chick

    Yeah, he must think we are all stupid enough to believe that he could have misunderstood questions. Those guys get a lot of education in order to be priests, and their main deal is communication. Seemed like simple enough questions to me. If they were too hard for him, he could have asked for clarification.

  • Jack

    ARCH BISHOP CARLSON KNOWS THE LAW OF OUR LAND AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS VERY WELL. HE IS ALSO VERY SKILLED AT MISLEADING, MIS STATING AND COVERING. HE IS LIC CANON LAW PRATAND KNOWS FEDERAL LAW CONCERNING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN. HE ALSO KNOWS VERY WELL THE PENALITIES FOR CONVICTION 5~LIFE. fEDERAL LAW HAVE BEEN INITIATED IN 1910 AND MORE HAVE BEEN
    ESTABLISHED 1940, 50, 70, 80,90’S. a FEDERAL PUBLICATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED EXPLAINING THE LAWS
    AND PENALITIES AS A REFRESHER. HE ALSO AT A CONFERENCE FOR BISHOPS APPROVED A 2002 CHARTER
    TITLED “PROTECT CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE” ALL BISHOPS WERE TO RETURN TO THEIR DIOCESES AND IMPLEMENT THE CHARTER. THAT CHARTER HAD LEGAL BINDING WORDS “SHALL, WILL” THAT WOULD HOLD DECENDERS TO THE TEXT OF THIS CHARTER AND APPLY PUNITIVE ACTION FOR NON COMPLIANCE.
    OUR DOCUMENT IS CALLED “SAFE ENVIORNMENT” WITH NO BINDING WORDS INCLUDED THAT WOULD APPLY PUNITIVE ACTIONS TO ANYONE FOR VIOLATIONS. JUST ANOTHER EFFORT IT SEEMS TO AVOID ANY PENALITY FOR OBSTRUCTION, TAMPERING, BRIBERY, AIDING AND OTHER COULD BE FELONY ACTIONS.
    TEH PARISHIONER SHOULD BE OUT PROTESTING.. IT’S ABOUT TIME THEY DECIDED TO PROTECT THEIR YOUNG. IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR THE ARCH BISHOP TO DO IT FOR YOU. HE ALREADY CHOSE SIDES BY SUPPORTING JIANG AND 2ND TIME OFFENDER. THERE ARE OTHER PRDOPHILE PRIEST THAT HAVE NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED. aGAIN THE AB DID NOT INCLUDE YRS 2004 ~2014 OVER TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.. IT’S TIME TO END ALL THIS CORRUPTION IN OUR DIOCESES IT JUST SEEMS TO CONTINUE. A THING TO CONSIDER WHO IS PAYING FOR LEGAL DEFENCE OF JIANG AND ARCH BISHOP CARLSON…WE ARE
    THE PARISHIONERS OF ST LOUIS. SO WE HAVE OUR YOUNG SEND THEM TO CHURCH SCHOOLS THEY ARE ABUSED BY PRIEST AND WE PAY FOR THEIR DEFENCE >>??
    JACK

  • Shaniqua Jefferson

    LQQK , Its a miracle. He talks out of both sides of his mouth !
    He gonna be a saint someday— Patron saint of pedophiles and hypocrites …..

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