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Bishop Bransfield’s Life of Luxury

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New details have emerged about the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by disgraced Bishop Michael Bransfield. Bransfield spent nearly one million dollars on private jets and over $660,000 on airfare and hotels during his 13 years as bishop of his former diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. A new investigation by the Washington Post, published Sept. 12, reported that during […]

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Cheyenne Diocese Finds Credible Three Abuse Allegations Against Emeritus Bishop Hart

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The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Tuesday it has found credible and substantiated three allegations of child sexual abuse against Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart, which it had received since July and August 2018. The alleged incidents newly found credible occurred in the 1970s and ’80s. “The results of the investigation were given to the Diocesan Review […]

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Minnesota Bishop Hoeppner Under Investigation

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Bishop Michael Hoeppner is the first sitting U.S. bishop to be investigated under new misconduct protocols introduced by Pope Francis earlier this year. Hoeppner, Bishop of Crookston, Minnesota, will be investigated by Minneapolis’ Archbishop Bernard Hebda, on charges that Hoeppner thwarted a police or canonical investigation of clerical sexual misconduct in his diocese. “I have […]

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Facing Dire Financial Situation, Pittsburgh Diocese Looks To Make Changes

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The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is evaluating options to respond to severe financial strains, exacerbated in the last year by the sex abuse crisis, a diocesan official said Wednesday. “The challenges that we’re facing are similar to that of many other churches, I think, throughout the country,” said Msgr. Ronald Lengwin, Vicar for Church Relations […]

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Archbishop Wilton Gregory Promised Truth and Transparency, But Provides No Answers About McCarrick’s Money

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More than one year after the announcement of allegations of sexual abuse against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archdiocese of Washington has continued to refuse questions about McCarrick’s use of a personal charitable fund. McCarrick funnelled hundreds of thousands of dollars through what was known as the Archbishop’s Fund, and reportedly made gifts to senior Vatican officials, even […]

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Pro-LGBT Priest Who Helped Raised Money for Lady Gaga Found Guilty of Sexual Misconduct

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A New York priest who told a prospective seminarian to lie to Church officials about his sexuality has been indefinitely suspended from ministry after a canonical penal process found him guilty of serial sexual misconduct. “I write to share some unpleasant and somber news concerning Father John Duffell, your just retired parish administrator,” Cardinal Timothy […]