Communique Regarding Bishop Emeritus Michael J. Bransfield

Apostolic Nunciature
July 19, 2019

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On September 13, 2018, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield from the Office of Bishop of the Diocese of WheelingCharleston. At the same time he nominated Archbishop William E. Lori, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston with the authorization to conduct a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults and of financial improprieties by Bishop Bransfield.

Based on the findings of the investigation, the Holy Father has decided the following

disciplinary measures for Bishop Emeritus Bransfield.








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