Priest Reassigned to Presidio Being Sued by Catholic Leaders


Gary Hinterlong
CBS7 News
January 16, 2012

A priest re-assigned to the Santa Teresa de Jesus Parish in Presidio is being sued by leaders of the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso over his alleged handling of parish finances in which some donation checks allegedly were made out to him, not the church.

According to the Associated Press, Rev. Michael Rodriguez is denying wrongdoing and no criminal charges have been filed.

Reports find that the lawsuit filed last Wednesday seeks an accounting and return o funds allegedly meant for San Juan Bautista Church.

According to the lawsuit, back on September 7th, Bishop Armando Ochoa learned from two ex-parishoners that Rev. Rodriguez solicited money for a building project, but requested the checks be made out to him.

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