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Former West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield

Bishop: $1.2M From Sale Will Go To Help Sex Abuse Victims

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The Intelligencer reports Bishop Mark E. Brennan released the information in a letter Friday to Catholics in the Diocese of… Read More

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West Virginia’s New Catholic Bishop Set to be Installed

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s new Roman Catholic bishop is set to be installed this week. A ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling for the Most Rev. Mark Brennan, who previously was auxiliary bishop of Baltimore. The Wheeling-Charleston diocese includes nearly 75,000 Catholics and 95 parishes and… Read More

Pope Gives West Virginia Diocese New Leader After Scandal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s new Roman Catholic bishop vowed Tuesday to work toward restoring faith in the diocese after a scandal over the former bishop’s sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the state’s Catholics. The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop… Read More

Former West Virginia Bishop Disciplined by Pope

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday. The diocese posted the pope’s decision on its website, saying former bishop Michael Bransfield can’t live within the diocese, can’t participate in any public celebration of the liturgy and must make amends “for… Read More