Father Dan Ward, OSB and Father Mel Taylor OSB, both priests/monks from Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota (USA) are under investigation following claims of sexual and other misconduct. The investigations were commissioned with the knowledge of Abbot John Klassen and Bishop John Kinney from the Diocese of Saint Cloud.
10/10 Update: Letter to Canon Law Society of America
10/12 Update: Fox 9 News Report
For years, Father Dan Ward has been one of the American-Cassinese Congregation’s top legal strategist. He does the same for religious around the world in his role as executive director at the RCRI [ More ].
At least five men and one woman allege misconduct by Father Dan Ward, including this one and this one and this one and this one.
Just days after the Father Dan Ward investigation began in October, Father Ward was scheduled to speak at a Canon Law Society of America (CLSA) conference in Chicago, Illinois.
See webmaster’s letter to the CLSA… here.
At least two men allege misconduct by Father Mel Taylor including this one and this one.
Just days after the Father Mel Taylor investigation began in August, Father Taylor fled to Ireland.
If you have information regarding misconduct of either of these men, please contact the webmaster for the investigator’s contact information.
Abbot John Klassen may also be willing to provide that information. Keep in mind, however, that Abbot Klassen has covered up misconduct in the past. [ More ]