The Westinghouse Letter

Dear fellow alumni, faculty and student representatives,

Channel 11 News of Pittsburgh reported on April 24th that the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an international organization representing the interests of clerical abuse victims, is calling for the resignation of Archabbot Nowicki, also Chancellor of St. Vincent College, due to his alleged sexual harassment of a novice monk, which in turn calls into question the validity of his recent re-election as Archabbot of St. Vincent Archabbey.

Channel 11 News clip and SNAP press release:

Archabbot Nowicki failed to step down, as is the Church’s standard procedure outlined in The Norms of the Dallas Charter, while a sex abuse investigation was being conducted on him (2009-2012) for his alleged behavior vis a vis a novice monk who was forced to leave the abbey due to the abbot’s alleged advances (see SNAP press release). It is not clear why the board did not enforce the American Bishops’ Charter. During this time he was re-elected abbot when he should have been on forced administrative leave according to the Dallas Charter. Interestingly, the canonical investigation team which “exonerated” him contained at least two priests (Timothy Kelly and Dan Ward) who subsequently have each been accused by multiple people of sexual abuses, in Fr. Kelly’s case, of minors.

Due to the circumstances under which he was re-elected, Douglas Nowicki should no longer be considered a legitimate superior; and because of the nature of his joint appointment in the College, not a legitimate administrator either. Christopher Donahue’s board has allowed these injustices to continue. What will you do? Discontinue gifts, call the alumni office (724-805-2568) or the abbot himself (724-805-2593) and voice your disapproval, or pass on the word so that no more young people endanger themselves by attending an institution with Douglas Nowicki at the helm.

Please feel free to direct any questions or correspondence to the email address from which this was sent: I am a “real person” and will respond to your query.

Sent: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:58:40 -0400
Subject: Archabbot Nowicki Asked to Step Down for Sexual Harassment; Fails to Uphold Dallas Charter