Abbey Files Destroyed?


When reviewed in the early 1990s, the Abbot’s File on Fr. Dunstan Moorse contained 81 items between July, 1972 and April, 1990.

1972-1978: 58 Items in 7 years (8.3 items per year)
1979-1983: 0 Items in 4 years (0.0 items per year)
1984-1990: 23 Items in 7 years (3.3 items per year)

By year: 6, 3, 6, 12, 9, 12, 10, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 3, 6, 3, 1, 5, 1

What happened between 1979 and 1983?

One of the last documents in the Abbot’s File is a letter from Michael Naughton, OSB. Naughton wrote that, “there was fairly general agreement that teenagers posed the most difficulties in Dunstan’s pastoral relationships”. (Deacon Evaluation, Spring of 1978)

Eighteen or more allegations of misconduct have been made against Dunstan Moorse. In 1979, Moorse had an inappropriate sexual conversation with a freshman student. In 1980, Moorse walked around naked in front of students at the cabin and asked one of the students to give him a back rub. By 1982, Moorse was masturbating in front of his victims.

Moorse allegedly masturbated in front of at least five of his victims, performed oral sex on at least two of his victims and sodomized at least one of his victims. Five students reported that Moorse engaged in “inappropriate sexual discussions”. One student alleged that he and another student were physically assaulted by Moorse.

One of the students alleged that after he had an inappropriate sexual discussion with Fr. Moorse, he immediately went to Fr. Mel Taylor. The student alleges that Fr. Taylor laughed. Moorse abused at least five students after the student went to Fr. Taylor.

Another student claimed, in a signed affidavit, that Fr. Francisco Schulte warned him to stay away from Moorse. Following that warning from (school chaplain) Fr. Schulte, Fr. Moorse allegedly abused at least more eight students.

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Topics: Dunstan Moorse, Francisco Schulte, Mel Taylor, Michael Naughton

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