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Michael Bransfield Shakes the Faithful

TOP 10 of 2020: Bransfield Saga Stuns the Ohio Valley

Read our complete coverage of Michael Bransfield's misdeeds while bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. WHEELING — Anger and disgust blanketed the Catholic faithful in West Virginia in 2020 after former bishop Michael Bransfield offered what many considered a hollow apology for his ...

Pope Francis Elevates 13 Cardinals, Then Warns on Corruption, Ambition

One church leader that used his office for personal gain and advancement was Michael Bransfield, a disgraced former bishop that led the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for 13 years. Read our coverage on Bransfield’s financial and sexual misdeeds and how he shook the faithful at ...

Bishop Mark Brennan: Bransfield Apology ‘Self-Serving’

Follow the Michael Bransfield saga by clicking here WHEELING — The past few years have featured turmoil and chaos for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, as more than a decade of drinking, lavish spending and sexual harassment by former bishop Michael Bransfield came to light. As if that ...

Bransfield Accuser Calls Disgraced Bishop’s Apology ‘Inadequate’

Read the letter from one of Bransfield's victim's by clicking here WHEELING — The former traveling secretary for Michael Bransfield — who said the disgraced bishop sexually abused him while leading the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston — called his recent apology to his victims and the ...

At Mass, Faithful Say Bishop Bransfield’s Apology Not Enough

WHEELING — Catholic faithful attending Mass at St. Michael Parish in Wheeling Saturday evening were unified in saying former Bishop Michael Bransfield showed little remorse in the apology he issued to parishioners across West Virginia this week. Current Bishop Mark Brennan has expressed ...

At Mass, Faithful Say Michael Bransfield’s Apology Not Enough

Read the 60-page Bransfield report by clicking here. Read Bransfield's apology letter by clicking here. WHEELING -- Catholic faithful attending Mass at St. Michael Parish in Wheeling Saturday evening were unified in saying former Bishop Michael Bransfield showed little remorse in the apology ...

Forget Bransfield; He’s Just Not That Important

It’s time to move on. Former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield is not worth a single second more of aggravation. Bransfield was booted out of his position as leader of the church’s Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in 2018. That happened after his wild spending and sexual ...

Survivors Network: Apology ‘Cannot Absolve’ Bransfield

WHEELING — When Michael Bransfield responded to a 60-page investigation into his sexual and financial impropriety with a three-paragraph statement of apology, a support network for victims of clerical abuse found the disgraced bishop’s act of contrition wanting. Bransfield was accused of ...

Church report on Bransfield detailed lavish spending, harassment

The amends accepted by The Vatican today for Michael Bransfield stem from the findings of what’s become known as the “Bransfield Report,” which looked deeply into the former bishop’s personal conduct and his personal spending habits while in West Virginia. Here are some of the key ...

Diocese Still Awaiting Guidance From Vatican on Bransfield’s Amends

WHEELING — More than eight months after the amends for disgraced bishop Michael Bransfield were announced, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston officials still have heard nothing from The Vatican about how to proceed. In a letter sent to Roman Catholics across West Virginia on Tuesday, the Most ...

Bransfield’s ‘Bishops Fund’ Being Dissolved

WHEELING — Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston officials are dissolving former bishop Michael Bransfield’s controversial Bishops Fund that he used to direct nearly $17 million to numerous projects in West Virginia. Church officials said Thursday the board voted last July to close the nonprofit ...

Top 10 of 2019: Diocese Seeks To Regroup in Wake of Bransfield-Related Turmoil

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston continued to be rocked by turmoil surrounding its disgraced former bishop, as its new bishop attempts to bring healing and reconciliation to the troubled diocese. The former bishop, Michael J. Bransfield, resigned at age 75 in ...

Bransfield’s Spending Spree Detailed in Report

Read the Bransfield report by clicking here WHEELING — Disgraced former bishop Michael Bransfield regularly abused prescription drugs and alcohol, which “likely contributed to his harassing and abusive behavior,” according to a secret report commissioned by the Roman Catholic ...

Updated: 60-Page Bransfield Report Released

WHEELING -- The Washington Post today publicly released the 60-page investigative report into disgraced former bishop Michael Bransfield. You can read a copy of the report by clicking here. While the findings have been reported in this newspaper and The Post, there are some interesting items ...

Church Should Investigate Allegations About Bransfield Fully

As if to tidy up before the holidays, late last month Bishop Mark Brennan announced his “amends plan” for his predecessor. But the plan does not include any way to hold former bishop Bransfield accountable, and Bransfield continues to deny all allegations of sexual or financial wrongdoing, ...

Report: Bransfield Misdeeds Foreshadowed

Michael J. Bransfield was just a couple of years into his tenure as West Virginia’s bishop in 2007 when one of his former students called a church sexual abuse hotline. Decades earlier, at a Catholic high school, Bransfield had repeatedly summoned him from class, escorted him to a private ...

Brennan: Bransfield Amends Include Money, Apology

WHEELING — The Most Rev. Mark Brennan, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, announced his plan Tuesday to seek $792,638 in restitution from former bishop Michael Bransfield. In addition, the diocese is reducing Bransfield’s monthly compensation package from $6,200 ...