Pope names new archbishop
MOBILE, Ala. — The Most Rev. Thomas J. Rodi, appointed as Roman Catholic archbishop of Mobile on Wednesday, said he doesn’t take the post with any list of pressing needs, but pledged that any accusations of church sexual abuse will be reported to authorities.
“Misconduct is not going to be tolerated,” Rodi said at a news conference.
Rodi served for five years on a church advisory committee on sexual abuse.
“I make a pledge that if there are any accusations of abuse of minors that it will be reported as the law requires,” Rodi said. “I pledge that we will cooperate fully with civil authorities.”
Rodi leaves his post as bishop of Biloxi, Miss., to succeed retiring Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb and minister to some 68,331 Catholics in 28 counties of south Alabama.