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Friday, 7 September, 2001, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Paedophile priest dies in prison
Convicted paedophile priest, Eric Taylor
Eric Taylor had been in jail since 1998
An 82-year-old former Roman Catholic priest who is serving a seven-year sentence for abusing boys in his care has died in prison.

Eric Taylor, who was removed from the priesthood in February, was convicted in 1998 of 18 sexual offences against young boys at the Father Hudson's Homes in Coleshill, Warwickshire, during the 1950s and 1960s.

On Friday, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, expressed his sadness at the ex-clergyman's death.

In a statement he said: "I was aware of his failing health and growing weakness in recent months.

Family funeral

"I, along with others, will pray for the repose of his soul and that he will receive the forgiveness and compassion of God."

The arrangements for Taylor's funeral will be made by his family and a representative from the archdiocese will attend.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham
Archbishop Nichols has expressed his sadness
Taylor was jailed for seven years at Warwick Crown Court in April 1998.

Following his conviction, it emerged that he had a previous criminal conviction for indecent assault on boys in 1975 before he was sent to the children's home.

In February this year the Decree of Laicisation, which removed all of Taylor's rights as a Catholic priest, was sanctioned by Pope John Paul II in February.

Archbishop Nichols told a news conference that the request for dispensation had been a joint one by the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Eric Taylor himself.

He stressed that changes had been implemented to protect youngsters from rogue priests to prevent the situation happening again.

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