A law firm has released video of the deposition of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson in which the Archbishop says that he didn’t know in the 1980s whether it was a crime for priests to have sex with children.
Here’s NBC’s take on the news: St. Louis Archbishop Didn’t Know Sex With Children Was a Crime
Here’s the take by CBS who interviewed some of the survivors of sex abuse: SNAP: Archbishop Carlson’s Comments ‘Mind-Boggling,’ Shocking
And here’s the take from The American Conservative: Bishop ‘Not Sure’ Child Molestation a Crime
Why should any of us care about this with respect to health care?
Because Archbishop Carlson wields absolute “moral authority” over the medical policies and employment practices of Catholic institutions in his jurisdiction. And the largest Catholic medical system in the country is headquartered in his region. Ascension Health operates in 23 states and the District of Columbia and has more than “1,900 sites of care.”
Related to this, the Archdiocese in Portland, where I grew up, was the first to file for bankruptcy as a way of shielding assets from its victims. Cardinal Dolan came up with a new way to shield assets when he moved $57 million into a cemetery fund, a move that is receiving scrutiny even now from Federal judges.