Laura Pontikes, 55, shared her story with the Associated Press, which published an investigation this week about DiNardo’s handling of the case. The woman said she told the archdiocese about Monsignor Frank Rossi’s conduct, but he was allowed at another diocese right after completing a treatment program.
Pontikes had been struggling with her marriage when she went to Rossi in 2012 for spiritual counseling. She said the No. 2 official in the diocese eventually took advantage of her vulnerable state to lure her into a sexual relationship.
Rossi also counseled her husband and often asked them for donations to the church, according to the report.
The archdiocese claims Pontikes demanded $10 million from the church during a 2017 meeting. It also told the AP the relationship was consensual and did not involve intercourse.
Police in Texas are also investigating the case.
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is the fifth largest Roman Catholic diocese in the country, serving about 1.7 million Texans, according to the church’s website.