- Dec 9, 2019
The Office of the West Virginia Attorney said sanctions announced July 19 by the Vatican against the former head of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, are a “first step” but demanded further disclosure of the investigation of now-retired Bishop Michael J. Bransfield.
A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts has brought in a retired judge to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against a former bishop.
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, has selected a new external auditor as part of the progress that has been made since Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield as head of the diocese in September 2018.
The seal of confession is challenged by many governments in an effort to stop sexual abuse of children.
The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual.
Representatives of lay organizations expressed caution over the steps taken by U.S. bishops to boost accountability and transparency in dealing with clergy sexual abuse, saying future actions by the bishops will determine how successful the initiatives ultimately will be.