Bishop Michael Bransfield

This Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, shows incoming bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, W.Va, Michael Bransfield in his new office, in Wheeling, W.Va.
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The net assets of West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese dropped by $4.8 million during a fiscal year that coincided with the resignation of its bishop amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, an audit shows.

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The Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released a “list of amends” last week for the former bishop Michael Bransfield to consider. That list comes in the wake of multiple investigations revealing sexual and financial misconduct. The diocese wants Bransfield to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars and to apologize. 

Former seminarian, Wheeling resident and Morgantown native Vincent DeGeorge has spoken out about abuse, saying he was among those targeted by Bransfield. He offered these thoughts on the Diocese's list.

The Rev. Michael J. Bransfield addresses the media during a news conference announcing his appointment as bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004.
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West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese wants a former bishop to pay back more than three-quarters of a million dollars following accusations of sexual and financial misconduct. 


The Rev. Michael J. Bransfield addresses the media during a news conference announcing his appointment as bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004.
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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 Wheeling-Charleston.

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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.

This Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, shows incoming bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, W.Va, Michael Bransfield in his new office, in Wheeling, W.Va.
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Following an investigation into a West Virginia bishop for sexual and financial misconduct, the Vatican has banned him from public ministry and handed down other sanctions. 

According to a letter from the pope’s diplomatic mission to the United States, former Bishop Michael Bransfield has been banned from presiding over or participating in public worship.

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Three priests have resigned from their high-ranking positions in West Virginia, according to a press release from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. 


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The bishop appointed by the Vatican to investigate the former leader of the Roman Catholic Church in West Virginia now has his own explaining to do.

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The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released its findings Wednesday of an internal review investigating allegations made against former Bishop Michael Bransfield. The church says it found allegations of sexual harassment and financial improprieties to be credible.

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West Virginia's attorney general discounted an effort Thursday by the state's Catholic diocese and its former bishop to quash his lawsuit claiming they knowingly employed pedophiles.

The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was filed last week by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael Bransfield.

Morrisey brought the suit last month under the state's consumer credit and protection act. The lawsuit alleges that the diocese employed admitted sexual abusers and priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse without adequate background checks.

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This morning we pay homage to women who have worked to preserve the state’s environment -- especially the water.


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The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is facing new litigations this week. A former seminarian has stepped forward with details about abuse he says he experienced while working for the recently retired bishop of the diocese.

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The Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced intentions today to release names of all priests that have been “credibly accused” of child abuse in West Virginia.

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The head of the Catholic Church in West Virginia resigned this week. The pope announced the acceptance of his resignation Thursday while also announcing an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

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Pope Francis released his 184-page Papal Encyclical to the world just a few days ago. The letter from the Pope to all the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church comes as a relief to environmentalists around the globe, as it named climate matters the most urgent and critical issue of our time. In it, Pope Francis appeals “for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.”

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, leader of the Catholic community in West Virginia, spoke about the messages he took away from the historic document.


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The spiritual leader of West Virginia's Roman Catholic Church is urging state officials to restore funding the governor cut from some social services programs.

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield said the cuts will place children and families in poverty at further risk.