Christ the King seminarian steps down, calls for Bishop’s resignation


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Matthew Bojanowski, who serves at Christ the King Seminary, announced he is stepping down from his position.

The announcement comes amid the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo’s controversial, ongoing priest sex abuse scandal.

The seminarian becomes the second to leave Christ the King. Stephen Parisi withdrew last week.

Bojanowski, who has served there since 2017 and served as the academic chair of the executive council, is calling for the immediate closure of Christ the King Seminary, and is also seeking the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone.

Bojanowski says prior to going to the seminary, he was sexually harassed by Father Jeffrey Nowak when he would go to him for confession. Bojanowski says a complaint against Nowak was made to the Diocese in November 2018. He says a follow-up letter was sent to the bishop in January.

Bojanowski says Marlone ignored the complaints against Nowak, but the Diocese says he didn’t and is investigating those claims. A spokesperson this past week said that Nowak had been removed from ministry as the investigation continues, but Bojanowski counters that, saying Nowak is still living in the rectories and hasn’t had an evaluation.

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