- Jan 27, 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.