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W.V. Diocese wants over $790,000 from former bishop accused of sexual abuse

WHEELING, W.Va. (WVVA) – Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Mark E. Brennan has today outlined a detailed “plan of amends” that has been presented to a former bishop.

In fulfilling the requirement of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, that former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield make amends for “some of the harm” he caused during his tenure and related to actions of sexual harassment of adults and misuse of Diocesan funds for personal benefit.

The plan calls for apologies to those adults whom he was found to have sexually harassed, as well as to the Catholic faithful of the Diocese for the harm he caused and the reputation damage to the Catholic Church in West Virginia.

In addition, he is required also to apologize to members of the Chancery staff who were subjected to a culture of intimidation and fear of retribution in performing their responsibilities.

The plan further defines significant financial restitution to the Diocese in the amount of $792,638.00 that is being required of former Bishop Bransfield, reflecting the amount determined to have been related purely to personal expenditures and unrelated to the performance of his official duties during his tenure.

The plan for amends has been detailed in a Letter to the Faithful by Bishop Brennan which can be
accessed here.

It will now be the decision of former Bishop Bransfield whether to accept these measures of restitution.

Bailey Pace

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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