Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment of adults. The church announced the news early this morning.
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Willliam E. Lori to be Bransfield’s replacement while remaining as the Archbishop of Baltimore.
No further details about the allegations against Bransfield have been released but Lori will also conduct an investigation into those allegations.
“My primary concern is for the care and support of the priests and people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at this difficult time,” Archbishop Lori said. “I further pledge to conduct a thorough investigation in search of the truth into the troubling allegations against Bishop Bransfield and to work closely with the clergy, religious and lay leaders of the diocese until the appointment of a new bishop.”
If you have any information about this investigation a hotline has been established. That number is 1-833-272-4225.