Group Asking for Independent Audit of Mesa Parish [Mesa AZ]
March 5, 2004

A group is asking for an independent audit of the Catholic parish in Mesa, claiming financial malfeasance by the church's management.

But the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and the pastor of St. Bridget's parish said an audit the middle of last year found no basis to the claims.

The group calling itself "St. Bridget's Parishioners in Exile" claim first raised suspicions of financial malfeasance and credit card misuse in the parish management to Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien in April 2003 but the diocese did nothing.

This week, the diocese announced it has asked the Mesa Police Department to look into financial irregularities at Holy Cross Parish in Mesa where its pastor recently resigned.

Rev. Scott Brubaker, who took over as pastor of St. Bridget's in 2002, said the exile group is "trying to see problems, or some sort of situation, where there isn't any."


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