Catholics, sex abuse victims plan protest today over Carlson's deposition

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 11, 2014

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in a portrait taken at his residence on Dec. 20, 2012.

ST. LOUIS •  A group of concerned Catholics and a support group for clergy sex abuse victims will hold a vigil this afternoon outside the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis protesting comments made by St. Louis' archbishop during a deposition that was released on Monday.

Leaders of the ARC, the Association for the Rights of Catholics and SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say they are upset by admissions and alleged memory lapses by the area's top Catholic official, Archbishop Robert Carlson.

The event will be at 2 p.m. outside the "new" cathedral at 4431 Lindell Boulevard.

Last month, under oath, Carlson claimed 193 times that he didn't recall specifics about clergy sex abuse cases. He admitted that he never once called police to report abuse in 24 years as a Catholic official in Minnesota, and he said he wasn't sure if he knew in the 1980s whether child sex abuse was illegal.



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