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West Virginia Bishop Bransfield facing harassment allegations

By JESS MANCINI

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Bishop Michael Bransfield

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Pope Francis Thursday named an apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston where Bishop Michael Bransfield is suspected of sexual harassment of adults.

Francis appointed Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and instructed him to conduct an investigation of Bransfield, the Baltimore Diocese and the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese said in press releases on Thursday.

Bransfield offered to retire last week, as required when bishops reach 75, and the pope Thursday accepted the letter of resignation.

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