ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Diocese of Rockford says Pope Francis has approved penalties against Father Aaron Brodeski, a priest in Rockford since 1998, on allegations he exposed himself in a convenience store and its parking lot.
The Diocese says Brodeski has been out of public ministry since April 2014. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to 2 years of court supervision, a $500 fine and 30 hours of community service.
Under penalties by Pope Francis, Brodeski will lose the title “monsignor” and will be under a one year period of prayer and penance.
The Diocese says the matter was referred to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy. After examination, testimony by witnesses and experts, the congregation found Brodeski responsible for acts considered “grave and scandalous.” It was further determined that a penalty should be imposed.
A release says, “The Diocese of Rockford expresses its profound regret to the faithful and to all who have been offended by this incident. It asks for prayers for all involved in this matter.”