Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

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Pope Francis of the Catholic Church has decided the following disciplinary measures of Bishop Emeritus Brandfield. They are as followed

  1. The Prohibition to reside in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

2. The prohibition to preside or to participate anywhere in any public celebration of Liturgy

3. The obligation to make personal amends for some of the harm he caused; the nature and extent of the amends to be decided in consultation with the future Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Emeritus Michael Brandfield on September 13, 2018

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a statement followed the Pope’s announcement, which reads in part,

“The allegations against former Bishop Bransfield have caught the attention of nearly everyone in the Catholic faith, including the Pope himself, who has now given disciplinary measures for Bransfield. ”

“Pope Francis’ call for Bransfield to ‘make personal amends for some of the harm he caused’ is a first step, but it is just that….since the public cannot know the full extent of harm caused by Bransfield’s actions until the Diocese fully complies with our subpoena and releases the full Bransfield report…..The public shouldn’t have to wait any longer for transparency.”

“After decades of covering up and concealing the behavior of priests as it relates to sexual abuse, it is time for the Diocese to come clean with what it knows and release the Bransfield report and any other relevant materials. None of the allegations of financial improprieties and sexual abuse may have been revealed if not for our investigation – the public shouldn’t have to wait any longer for transparency.”

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

The Attorney General filed suit against the Diocese and Bransfield in March, alleging that the Diocese knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks.

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