Pope Imposes Penalties on Diocesan Priest
February 7, 2019
ROCKFORD—The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has informed the Diocese of Rockford that Pope Francis has approved its recommendation regarding Father Aaron Brodeski, a priest of the Rockford Diocese since 1998.
 
The decree was issued as a result of actions committed in early 2014.
 
The decree states that Father  Brodeski is deprived of the title “monsignor,” and a one year period of prayer and penance shall be imposed upon Father Brodeski. 
 
As this is a decision of highest authority of the Catholic Church there is no further appeal or recourse against it. 
 
Any subsequent determination about the suitability for ministry of Father Brodeski rests with the local bishop in accordance with the Church’s Canon Law.
 
Since April of 2014, Father Brodeski has been out of public ministry because the Diocese of Rockford learned he allegedly exposed himself in a convenience store and its parking lot.
 
Father Brodeski’s criminal case was resolved in 2015 when he pled guilty to disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor with a fine of $500 and 30 hours of community service.
 
The canonical matter was referred to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy. 
 
After a lengthy examination of the details of the matter and the testimony submitted by witnesses and experts, the Congregation found Father Brodeski to be responsible for these public acts which were judged to be both grave and scandalous. 
 
It was further determined that a penalty should be imposed as a result.
 
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy then submitted the matter to Pope Francis who approved the recommendation of the Congregation and made it his own papal act.
 
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.