W Virginia’s Catholic bishop says emeritus Bishop Bransfield not in contact

Catholic News Agency

August 15, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop Michael Bransfield, who headed West Virginia’s only Catholic diocese before retiring amid scandal, has not communicated with his successor in months. A plan to ensure he makes some reparation for financial and sexual misconduct has still not been implemented.

“I have not heard from him in many months and I would not expect to,” Bishop Mark Brennan of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston told the MetroNews call-in radio show Talkline Aug. 4. “Whatever he is doing, he is doing and is in a dark hole. We do not know exactly what he is up to, we have not been in communication.”

Brennan said the apostolic nuncio in Washington, D.C. has not heard from Bransfield either.

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