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Disgraced Bishop Bransfield Claims: ‘They’re All Out To Destroy Me’

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West Virginia’s Bishop Michael Bransfield was forced to tendered his resignation last September when credible claims of sexual abuse were made against him. In a new lawsuit, the former personal secretary for Roxborough native and ex-West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield described his former boss as a “sexual predator” prone to binge-drinking orange liqueur and venting his […]

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West Virginia Attorney General Sues Diocese and Former Bishop Over Sex Abuse

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The move could set a new precedent in dealing with abuse allegations The Attorney General of West Virginia is suing the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and former bishop Michael Bransfield, claiming they “knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks” for employees working in schools and camps, Patrick Morrisey tweeted that he was filing […]

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Bishops Bransfield and Bennett Restricted from Exercising Ministry

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore announced on Monday restrictions on the ministry of both retired West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield and retired Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J. The restrictions against Bransfield are the result of a months-long preliminary investigation conducted by Lori, into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as financial improprieties. “Pending the […]

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All Roads Lead to Washington, D.C.

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1) Bishop Michael Bransfield resigned and the resignation was accepted.  Bransfield served for 24 years at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., most of the time as rector. He was then ordained a bishop, choosing Theodore McCarrick as co-consecrator. 2) Archbishop William Lori, who ran the Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.) […]

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Bishop Michael Bransfield of West Virginia Resigns on Sexual Harassment Charges

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Pope Francis has ordered an investigation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., in connection with sexual harassment charges and accepted his resignation, the Vatican announced Thursday. The pope instructed Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore to conduct a probe into allegations that Bransfield, 75, sexually harassed adults, the Catholic News Service reported. Lori […]

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Bishop Michael Joseph Bransfield

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Current Role Former Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Official Web Site: http://www.dwc.org/ Mailing Address: Chancery Office, 1300 Byron St., P.O. Box 230, Wheeling, WV 26003, USA Telephone: (304)233-0880 Fax: 233-0890 What’s Been Reported Good friend of Theodore McCarrick. Rector at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (1986-2004), serving under McCarrick (2000-2005). McCarrick was a co-consecrator when […]