Pope Francis names Mark Brennan to follow Bransfield at West Virginia diocese

Catholic News Agency | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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Vatican City, Jul 23, 2019 / 04:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Tuesday named Bishop Mark Brennan the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia following financial corruption and alleged sexual assault by the former bishop of the diocese Michael J. Bransfield.

Brennan, 72, is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, where he has served since his appointment in 2016.

West - Virginia - Appointment - Communique - July

The West Virginia episcopal appointment follows a Vatican communique July 19 stating that the Bishop emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston Michael J. Bransfield will no longer be allowed to participate in public Masses or live within his former diocese.

Bransfield is reported to have sexually harassed, assaulted, and coerced seminarians, priests, and other adults during his time as Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston. He was also found to have given large cash gifts to high-ranking Church leaders, using diocesan funds.

Archbishop - William - E - Lori - Administrator

Archbishop William E. Lori has served as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston since Pope Francis accepted Bransfield’s resignation on Sept. 13, 2018, five days after he reached the retirement age of 75.

Lori subsequently barred Bransfield from public ministry in both Wheeling-Charleston and Baltimore following an investigation, authorized by Pope Francis, found credible the accusations of serious financial misconduct and an established pattern of sexual malfeasance. Lori also announced that the Holy See would be conducting an additional evaluation of the investigation.

Bishop - Mark - Brennan - Leadership - Wheeling-Charleston

Bishop Mark Brennan will assume leadership in Wheeling-Charleston, a diocese of a little more than 110,000 Catholics following months of scandal as details of his predecessor’s financial corruption over his 13-year-long tenure became public.

Brennan was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington May 15, 1976....
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