Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Seeks To Dismiss Attorney General Lawsuit

The attorney general of West Virginia lacks the authority to bring a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, according to a motion from the church to dismiss a lawsuit against it. The lawsuit by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was filed in March in Wood County and claims the diocese and former Bishop Michael … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Bishops Bransfield and Bennett Restricted from Exercising Ministry

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 … 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