Summary of Case: Ordained for the Society of Jesus in 1898, Louis Taelman spent most of his long career on the Crow and Flathead Indian reservations in Montana. Early on he spent four years as president of Gonzaga College in Spokane WA. Through the 1940s and into the early 1950s he was assigned to Mt. St. Michael’s Scholasticate in Spokane, Washington in the role of “Indian missionary”, as noted in the Official Catholic Directory. He died in 1961.
Taelman’s name was included on the Diocese of Helena’s list of known alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse. The diocese posted the list to its website in April 2015 as one of the non-monetary terms of its March 2015 bankruptcy settlement.
Died: December 24, 1961
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