Claiming “Hands Are Tied By Lawyers”, Danilchick Quits Q&A Page On OCA Website
Protodeacon Peter Danilchick resigned as the editor of the OCA’s Financial Accountability page effective Monday, October 15th. In an brief email to Fr. Kucynda, copied to the entire Metropolitan Council some 2 days later, Protodeacon Danilchick reported that ”after a considerable period of trying unsucessfully for increased disclosure” he can no longer continue his work. Danilchick lays blame for the resignation not with the Metropolitan or Fr. Kucynda, but to “legal complications” due to the Proskauer Rose investigation, a result of the “unfortunate and tragic aspects of the situation.” “My hands are tied by the lawyers,” he writes, “and I am not doing any good at present”. The last answer posted on the site was October 6th.
The Protodeacon has not, however, resigned from his chairmanship of the Best Practices Task Force. He writes: “.... I will continue assisting the Organizational Task Force and the final implementation of Best Practices by the Metropolitan Council and the Administration as appropriate and as possible.” He also suggests that should “all the findings” be disclosed at some future time, he would be willing to resume his work on the Q& A page. The full text of Danilchick’s email to the Council reads as follows:
Metropolitan Council members,
Below for your information is the text of an e-mail sent to Fr Paul Kucynda last Thursday and copied to His Beatitude. I took this decision only after a considerable period of trying unsuccessfully for increased disclosure. I don’t believe it is the fault of His Beatitude or Fr Paul. It is due to the unfortunate and tragic aspects of the situation and the legal complications.
In Christ, Deacon Peter
October 12, 2006
Dear Fr Paul,
As previously advised, the unfortunate inability to disclose further information concerning the investigation, the audits and the reviews has had a significant negative impact on the fulfillment of my responsibilities regarding the OCA.ORG website Q&A section.
Accordingly, I regret that I must tender my resignation of my volunteer work on the website effective next Monday October 15. I recommend that you place the following announcement as a Press Release on OCA.ORG:
“Due to the legal difficulties involved in releasing any information concerning the Proskauer Rose investigation, the audits and reviews, we are suspending the Q&A section on Financial Accountability until further notice.”
I believe that this is the only honest approach to take at present. Should all the findings be disclosed at some future time, I would be pleased to discuss resuming work then. In the interim, I will continue assisting the Organizational Task Force and the final implementation of Best Practices by the Metropolitan Council and the Administration as appropriate and as possible.
In any event, please remove my name from the OCA website in connection with the Q&A section and the automatic forwarding of e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I feel that I have given this effort my best and there have been some significant benefits to the church thereby. However, my hands are tied by the lawyers and I am not doing any good at present.
- Mark Stokoe