Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in a late night statement Tuesday shed some light on the recent placement of Father Jeffrey Nowak on administrative leave.
In recent weeks, Matthew Bojanowski quit studies at Christ the King Seminary over claims the diocese took no action against Father Jeffrey Nowak. Earlier this month, Bishop Richard Malone issued a statement saying there was no coverup in response to allegations of abuse by Nowak.
In the statement released late Tuesday the diocese says Nowak twice refused to undergo a behavioral assessment which was ordered by the Bishop Richard Malone.
The statement also indicates that Bishop Malone asked his secretary, Father Ryszard Biernat, to take a personal leave of absence to spare him possible embarrassment during the investigation over a letter father Biernat wrote.
Following is the complete statement released by the diocese.