Philly Inquirer Rebroadcasts Wholly Discredited Claim of Abuse Against Bishop


Dave Pierre

July 30, 2012 By

Witnesses have now come forward to thoroughly discredit a specious claim that Wheeling, West Virginia, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield committed abuse decades ago, yet one would hardly know this from reading the Philadelphia Inquirer, which has rebroadcast the charge.

Last April, during the Philadelphia abuse trial, media outlets fell over themselves to trumpet a double hearsay allegation from a witness in the trial. The witness claimed on the stand that 40 years ago in the 1970s that an admittedly abusive priest motioned to a car carrying Bransfield and some boys and told him that Bransfield was abusing “the one in the front seat.”

Well, two grown who were actually in the car years ago with Bransfield at the time, including the alleged “victim” of Bransfield, have now come forward to flatly refute the decades-old hearsay claim.

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