St. Louis Archdiocese upset with Minnesota media coverage

The St. Louis Archdiocese is upset with the way .. the media here … have portrayed its archbishop. The one who wasn’t certain priests having sex with boys was against the law. Jim Salter of the AP writes: “The St. Louis Archdiocese on Wednesday condemned some media portrayals of Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition in a Minnesota lawsuit over alleged abuse by priests, saying ‘inaccurate and misleading’ reporting has prompted unfair criticism of him. … The archdiocese said that when Carlson said, ‘I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,’ he was referring to the fact that he did not know exactly when clergy were bound by law to report child abuse.”

Very much related … Matt Sepic of MPR reports: “A former member of a central Minnesota boys’ choir says a priest at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville abused him while on a trip to Europe more than two decades ago. The alleged victim and his family say they decided to go public with their allegations against the Rev. Timothy Backous after learning Backous was still in public ministry and had recently been working with minors.”

Heh. A parody of the NFL’s ridiculous Super Bowl demands from Rochelle Eastman of Savage. In a Strib commentary, she writes: “We are planning a family reunion and are considering holding the event in your fair city. We will have many guests spending money in hotels, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues like the Guthrie and Sex World. Since the city will be making a fair sum of money off our event, we request that you provide a few extra services at no charge:
• Private access to Lake Harriet for the weekend, with uniformed police restricting access to invited guests.
Waiver of all rental fees, parking fees, and restrictions on alcohol, bonfires, firearms, noise, smoking and nudity.”

In the Wisconsin State Journal, columnist Andy Baggot gets in the act, telling Cheeseheads to forget about the Super Bowl ever coming to … Green Bay. “In short, the idea that storied Lambeau Field might someday stage an NFL championship game has gone from fanciful to ‘forget about it.’ … Somewhere in all of this is a punch line about how Green Bay and the Fox Valley couldn’t possibly fulfill the need for presidential suites, 35,000 parking places and 450 courtesy cars and buses.”

He’s a giver … Corey Mitchell of the Strib says: “The leadership PAC of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset, has donated $169,500 to Minnesota candidates over the past decade, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. … During that time period, Cantor’s Every Republican is Crucial PAC has donated $40,000 to Rep. Erik Paulsen, $35,000 to Rep. Michele Bachmann and $34,500 to Rep. John Kline.” Not that you can buy loyalty, you understand.

The Orchestra cuts a deal … . Stribber Graydon Royce reports: “Kevin Puts, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has signed a three-year contract as director of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, which has its next session in January 2015. The institute is a professional composer-training program that was developed in the 1995-1996 season. It now includes tutorials, rehearsals and seminars for emerging composers and a public performance of their work.”

St. Paul’s streets are a problem for the mayor. Curtis Gilbert of MPR says: “A veto-proof majority of the St. Paul City Council is pushing Mayor Chris Coleman to pump more money into street repair. Six of seven council members have have signed onto a plan to borrow more than $20 million dollars to address the problem. That money would allow the city to reconstruct about 10 miles of major arterial streets. … the proposal stands in contrast to the mayor’s current approach, which has been to repave rather than fully rebuild many main thoroughfares.”

Sort of a “Keep your gummint hands off my Social Security check” moment … Says Marino Eccher of the PiPress: “A man disgruntled with the wait time at the Social Security office in St. Paul triggered an evacuation Monday when he threatened to blow up the building, prosecutors say. Kevin Albert Olson, 55, was charged Wednesday with felony terroristic threats. According to the charging documents: Olson entered the office on the eighth floor of 190 Fifth St. E. in downtown St. Paul, late Monday morning. He asked how long the wait was. … Olson, unhappy, replied, ‘I’ll blow this f—er up,’ the complaint said.” That’s tellin’ ’em, pal.

To paraphrase the great Latrell Sprewell, “They can still feed their families.” Watching the Target shareholders’ meeting, Kavita Kumar of the Strib says: “Target Corp. shareholders re-elected the company’s 10-member board of directors Wednesday despite an influential proxy adviser campaigning for most of the board to be rejected. … the company has accelerated its plan to enhance its Redcards with chip-and-pin technology and is undergoing a total re-examination of its risk management structure.”

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 06/12/2014 - 07:06 am.

    St. Paul streets

    Maybe they could at least plug the potholes everyone is still dodging before starting any major new reconstruction projects.

    I’m all for shoring up the infrastructure, but in the meantime, I’d really appreciate keeping my expensive tires intact!

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 06/12/2014 - 09:37 am.

    Ignorance of the law

    Is no defense even for an archbishop!

    • Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 06/12/2014 - 10:52 am.

      The archbishop

      He’s not asserting a “defense” per se. He is trying to precisely communicate his state of mind at the time the events occurred – right or wrong. Exactly when he is he required to report? Do they report rumors, or hearsay, or investigate before reporting? With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to look back thirty years after the fact and know exactly when something should have been done.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/12/2014 - 12:29 pm.

        State of mind

        Was there anyone he could have asked, in order to clarify the reporting requirements? Or did he just not care?

      • Submitted by jason myron on 06/12/2014 - 01:23 pm.

        No, he’s asserting that

        he’s either a complete liar or willfully ignorant. He said he wasn’t sure he was aware in the 1970s or 1980s that it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child. What adult with a fully functioning synapses doesn’t know that, much less a supposed man of God?

  3. Submitted by Tim Milner on 06/12/2014 - 10:19 am.

    The biggest problem that I have with the coverage

    is the lack of context as to what the laws/reporting requirements were at the period of time an incident was reported.

    It is very clear after the 2002 time period what was required and expected for mandatory reporters.

    But before that time, it seems that at least some of the officials involve were following the standard practices in place at that time. Practices which are far looser than they are now. It makes the story rather jumbled – and this from someone who has followed the story and read the transcripts very closely.

    I hope as this continues to unfurl the investigators and reporters try to keep things within the context of those timeline practices.

  4. Submitted by neil allen on 06/12/2014 - 03:52 pm.

    Catholic church doubles down on their lies about child rape

    The Catholic church will double down on the lies, knowing that the old ladies will listen to any excuse the church gives them, and will not seek the truth, which takes 17 seconds to find:

    In the first 17 seconds of the video at

    QUESTIONER: “Archbishop, You knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid”
    ARCHBISHOP CARLSON: “Um, I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not. I understand today it’s a crime”

    It couldn’t be clearer.

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