Title

Faithful Father: The Case of the Traveling Priest

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2017

Publication Source

Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics

Volume

14

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

38-47

ISBN/ISSN

1913-8059

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This case describes Father Rodney Rodis 14-year fraud while serving as pastor of two Roman Catholic rural parishes in central Virginia. Fr. Rodis, who suffered from chronic health issues, was indicted on mail fraud and money laundering in federal court and on 10 different felony counts in a state court case. He was ordered to pay back almost $600,000 to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and sentenced to eighteen years in prison. Although Fr. Rodis congregations were devastated by the fraud, more troubling was the disloyalty by their beloved priest. Fr. Rodis was also a husband and father.

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Accounting

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