- Apr 16, 2021
Bishop Michael Bransfield has issued an apology two years after resigning amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct. The diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said he has repaid $441,000.
The net assets of West Virginia’s Catholic Diocese dropped by $4.8 million during a fiscal year that coincided with the resignation of its bishop amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, an audit shows.
“Fear” is a word you see a lot in the 60-page report on Bishop Michael Bransfield, which was published on Monday by the Washington Post.
A newspaper has published a secret church report about a former West Virginia bishop ousted for alleged sexual and financial misconduct that details how he allegedly groomed and inappropriately touched young men.
A church investigation into former Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Bransfield was one of the top stories of the year in West Virginia.
The clergy sexual abuse crisis continued to command a large amount of attention and action from the U.S. bishops throughout 2019.
“There’s the narrative that we bishops are just on the verge of schism with one another but, surprise, surprise, we are not,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore told Crux.