ROCKWELL — The pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Rockwell will not face criminal charges after using the church credit card for gambling.

The Rev. Rod Allers also will remain at his current pastoral assignment unless it is determined it’s best he be reassigned, said John Robbins, director of communication for the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Robbins would not disclose the amount charged to the credit card for gambling, or what kind of gambling it was.

He did say the amount “is not so much that it can’t be easily repaid.”

The archdiocese will repay Sacred Heart Parish and Allers will repay the archdiocese, according to Robbins.

Robbins said law enforcement initially was involved. However, in light of the agreement to repay the parish, criminal charges will not be filed, he said.

The archdiocese has offered professional help for Allers, according to Robbins.

He said Allers has not been placed on leave.

A representative from the archdiocese spoke from the pulpit at Sacred Heart during Mass on Sunday to explain Allers’ situation.

Allers also serves as associate pastor at Epiphany Parish in Mason City.

A phone message seeking comment from Allers was left Friday afternoon.


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