Pope names new arch­bishop

The Covington News - - Religion - By Gary Mitchell

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.

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