In a letter released Friday night, Carlson said he “misunderstood” a series of questions when he said he was unsure if he was legally obligated to report sexual abuse to police. Carlson had been deposed for a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where he was previously a bishop. Carlson had a role in handling claims against priests who were accused of sexually abusing children from 1979-1994. (KMOV)
The controversy continues this week.
- Video clip of deposition (2:07)
- Video of press conference on release of deposition (10:36)
- Deposition (PDF)
- Statement from Archbishop Carlson on recent deposition controversy (text & video)
In the deposition questions about mandatory reporting begin on page 84, it picks up again on pages 108-09. According to a question from one of the lawyers, mandatory reporting became the law in 1973. Carlson served as the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis from 1983–1994, where he handled sex abuse claims.
The poll this week asks your favorably of Robert Carlson, the poll is at the top of the right sidebar.
– Steve Patterson