Bishop Michael Bransfield (Restricted)

Bishop Bransfield offers ‘apology’, repays $400k to W Virginia diocese

CNA Staff, August 20, 2020- Bishop Michael Bransfield has repaid more than $400,000 to his former diocese and issued a narrowly-worded apology to the faithful. The apology comes nearly two years after Pope Francis accepted his resignation amid accusations of personal and financial... read more

West Virginia Diocese Still Awaiting Guidance From Vatican on Bransfield’s Amends

By Mike Jones, The Intelligencer, July 29, 2020 More than eight months after the amends for disgraced bishop Michael Bransfield, pictured in this file photo, were announced, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston officials still have heard nothing from The Vatican about how to proceed. WHEELING —... read more

Vatican announces sanctions on disgraced Bishop Bransfield

By Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency, July 19, 2019 Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston, will no longer be allowed to participate in public Masses or live within his former diocese. He must “make personal amends” for the harm he brought to the... read more

Explosive report: Bishop sexually harassed priests, seminarians, spent millions of Church dollars

By Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite News, June 7, 2019 According to an article that appeared Wednesday in the Washington Post, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, 75, gave cash gifts totaling $350,000 to fellow priests, including important prelates and young priests upon whom he allegedly foisted... read more

Bishops Bransfield, Bennett restricted from exercising ministry

CNA, March 11, 2019 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... read more