Omaha Priest Awaits New Post after Sentencing

December 16, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha Archdiocese is mulling a new assignment for a priest sentenced to five years' probation for stealing more than $83,000 from an Omaha parish.

The Rev. Rodney Adams was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. He has been on administrative leave since resigning as pastor of St. Bridget and St. Rose parishes in May.

Adams was ordered to pay $23,000 in restitution and perform 500 hours of community service. Adams said in court that he's been in therapy for manic depression and a spending addiction.

The archdiocese chancellor, the Rev. Joseph Taphorn, said Adams will get a new assignment by the end of the year, one that does not involve handling any money.

Adams had taken the money only from St. Bridget.


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