When I reported the misconduct by Fr. Dan Ward to Abbot Timothy Kelly he listened but then dismissed me saying I was over exaggerating and it would all pass by… I could not believe this. I was consoled by another monk at the time and he had told me that Abbot Kelly had known about Fr. Ward from a previous case and had done nothing about it.
After my meeting with Abbot Kelly I felt like I had reported to the person who was going to condemn me! It was a lose-lose situation.
The monks all knew what was going on but there was a code of silence among many but not all.