"He will be the Pastor of Our Lady of the Pines Parish in Woodville, Texas."
The Diocese of Beaumont told the AP June 4 that it was informed Rossi was a priest "in good standing" when he was accepted for ministry in the diocese, and that no allegations of misconduct have been made against him.
The Diocese of Beaumont announced June 4 that Rossi has been placed on administrative leave.
Vos estis lux mundi, a May 7 motu proprio from Pope Francis, instructs that a cleric accused of coercing a person into a sexual relationship "through abuse of authority," should be subject to a canonical penal process.
While the motu proprio took effect only on June 1, it is still possible that Rossi could face canonical charges for abusing his office in order to initiate a sexual relationship, in addition to the charges now being faced for attempted absolution of an accomplice in sexual sins.
Vos estis lux mundi also calls for canonical investigations of bishops accused of impeding or neglecting investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct, though it is not clear whether those provisions will be judged to apply to the allegations made against DiNardo, since abuse of office for sexual coercion had not been understood as a canonical crime until the promulgation of Vos estis lux mundi.
DiNardo, who suffered a stroke in March, is set to lead the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops' conference next week. The bishops are expected to discuss a plan for implementing the pope's new abuse norms, as well as other matters related to the Church's ongoing sexual abuse crisis.