Bishop Bransfeld ‘Gifts’ over $350,000 to other Clerics, but Bishop Lori Decided to Omit their Names from Report

The Archbishop of Baltimore, William Lori, is facing intense scrutiny over his decision to remove the names of several clerics — many of them senior churchmen — from a report he made to the Vatican after an investigation he led into the disgraced bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, Michael Bransfield, who is suspected of serial sexual misconduct … Read more

West Virginia: Catholic Priests “Credibly Accused” of Sexual Abuse

Several Catholic priests “credibly accused” of the sexual abuse of children served in southern West Virginia, according to a list of names the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released on Thursday. The list of 31 priests reaches all corners of West Virginia, dates back to 1950, and includes: • Rev. William Carr, who served in Bluefield at Sacred … Read more

All Roads Lead to Washington, D.C.

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.) … Read more

Cardinal McCarrick’s Network

One obvious next step in the Cardinal McCarrick story is uncovering more victims of his abuse. We now know of two. I would bet that there will surely be more. But that’s not the most interesting or important part of the story. The key now is to uncover the networks within the clergy and episcopate. … Read more