Fr. Mel Taylor

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Order: OSB
Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

From Ireland. Associated with St. John’s Abbey from the 1960s. Was reportedly sent to the Bahamas in 1980 for a year after allegations. Sent there again in 1990 due to “rumors.” Worked in the Bahamas for 20 years. In 6/12 a young man publicly confronted Taylor at mass, claiming the priest tried to pursue a sexual relationship with him for the previous year and a half. Taylor had been scheduled leave the Bahamas 6/24/12 for parish assignment in Collegeville, but left several weeks early, after the confrontation, “for health reasons.” Also in 6/12 a man alleged abuse by Taylor as a St. John’s Prep student in the early 1980s. The new assignment was put on hold. Taylor is believed to have returned to Ireland. Attorney for the Abbey was conducting an investigation.


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