Abuse in Appalachia

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Investigation of Bishop Michael Bransfield and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

CCA’s Efforts in the Abuse Crisis
Jeannie Kirkhope, Oct. 19, 2018

West Virginia cathedral hosts Forty Hours devotion for Church healing
Colleen Rowan, Crux/Catholic News Service, Oct. 17, 2018

Archbishop Lori: Catholics living out their God-given vocations will help church heal
Colleen Rowan, Archdiocese of Baltimore/Catholic News Service, Oct. 15, 2018

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Charleston, WV
Archbishop William Lori, Oct. 6, 2018

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Professional Development Day; Ministry of Catholic Education, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Archbishop William Lori, Oct. 5, 2018

New delegate of administrative affairs named for West Virginia diocese
Colleen Rowan, The Dialog/Catholic News Service, Oct. 1, 2018

Lay-led investigation begins into claims bishop sexually harassed adults
Colleen Rowan, National Catholic Reporter/Catholic News Agency, Sept. 28, 2018

Archbishop Lori: Investigation Begun in W Va. Into Allegations Against Bishop Bransfield
Colleen Rowan, National Catholic Register/Catholic News Agency, Sept. 27, 2018

Letter from Archbishop Lori to Clergy of the Diocese
Sept. 25, 2018

Archbishop Lori assures diocese he’s with them in journey toward healing
Colleen Rowan, National Catholic Reporter/Catholic News Service, Sept. 18, 2018

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Archbishop William Lori, ArchBalt.org, Sept. 17, 2018

Baltimore Archbishop Lori aims to bring ‘truth and justice’ to West Virginia Catholics rocked by scandal
Jonathan M. Pitts, The Baltimore Sun, Sept. 15, 2018

Attorney General Wants Review of Bransfield Sexual Harassment Allegations
Linda Comins, Wheeling Intelligencer, Sept. 15, 2018

A Message from Dean Borgmeyer, Vicar of Charleston Vicariate, to the priests of the vicariate
Fr. Dean Borgmeyer, Sept. 14/15, 2018

Resignations, Rome meetings and investigations: A week of major developments in the sexual abuse crisis
Michael J. O’Loughlin, America Magazine, Sept. 14, 2018

Fall of a West Virginia Bishop Widens the Catholic Crisis Over Sex Abuse
Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, Sept. 13, 2018

Pope Francis calls for investigation into Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Jaime Baker, Kristen Tuell, WTOV9.com, Sept. 13, 2018

Catholic bishop in West Virginia resigns amid sexual harassment investigation
Jason Hanna, CNN, Sept. 13, 2018

West Virginia bishop resigns over sexual harassment allegations

Pope OKs investigation into harassment allegations against WV bishop
Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sept. 13, 2018

Bishop Bransfield Resigns, Being Investigated
Linda Comins, Wheeling Intelligencer, Sept. 13, 2018

Bishop Bransfield resigns; investigation into sexual harassment claims begins
Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews, Sept. 13, 2018

Bishop Bransfield retires; pope orders investigation of allegations
Catholic Philly/Catholic News Service, Sept. 13, 2018

In Mountain State, A Fresh Scandal – Pope Bumps WV Prelate Over Harassment Claims
Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia, Sept. 13, 2018

Pope Francis orders investigation of W.Va. bishop on sexual harassment charges
Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, Sept. 13, 2018

Pope OKs probe into West Virginia bishop as he meets with US delegation
Nicole Winfield, Religion News Service, Sept. 13, 2018

Bishop Michael Bransfield resigns; sexual harassment investigation launched
WDTV.com, Sept. 13, 2018

Pope sends Baltimore archbishop Lori to investigate sexual harassment allegations against West Virginia bishop
Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun, Sept. 13, 2018

Pope Francis Appoints Archbishop William Lori Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Sept. 13, 2018

AMENDED RELEASE: Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield; Archbishop Lori Instructed to Conduct Investigation into Allegations of Sexual Harassment
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sept. 13, 2018

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sept. 13, 2018

Bransfield’s listing on Catholic-Hierarchy.org

Bransfield assignment record via BishopAccountability.org

Bransfield’s listing on “accused bishops” page at BishopAccountability.org

Philadelphia Grand Jury Report

Accused Wheeling-Charleston priests at BishopAccountability.org

2004 abuse statistics released by Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

Editorials/opinion on Bransfield and Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

Bishop Bransfield and the Catholic crisis
Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sept. 17, 2018

Open Letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston: WV Catholics Want ‘Specific, Achievable Actions,’ Full Investigation
Jeannie Kirkhope and Michael J. Iafrate, Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sept. 15, 2018
See also: Wheeling Intelligencer, Register-Herald (Beckley), Appalachian Chronicle, Lenoir Voice (NC), Herald-Dispatch (Huntington)

West Virginia Catholic Diocese Challenged to Reject Coal’s ‘Dirty Money’
Michael J. Iafrate, Appalachian Chronicle, April 2016

Dirty Money in the Appalachian Church: Six Years After Deadly Coal Mine Disaster, Where Are We Now?
Michael J. Iafrate, Religion Dispatches, April 2016

Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical gets waylaid in West Virginia
Michael J. Iafrate, National Catholic Reporter, July 1, 2015

Huntington Catholics questioning diocese
David Gutman, Charleston Gazette, Jul 27, 2013

Abuse in the Catholic Church
Jeannie Kirkhope, Appalachian Catholic Worker, Aug. 28, 2007

News/analysis/court documents on abuse in other Appalachian dioceses

‘Wave’ of local victims may come forward: Diocese of Steubenville will publish names of abusers in October
Michael Kelly, Marietta Times, Sept. 28, 2018

2nd Ohio diocese to release abusive priest list
Mark Gillispie and and John Seewer, Crux/Associated Press, Sept. 26, 2018

Maryland attorney general will review church records on child sex abuse
Christopher Gunty, National Catholic Reporter/Catholic News Service, Sept. 25, 2018

Kentucky attorney general to ask legislature on Catholic Church probe
Associated Press, Sept. 11, 2018

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Dioceses Won’t Name Sex Offenders
Linda Comins, Wheeling Intelligencer, April 21, 2018

CCA Statement on Sex Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church
November 2017

Other resources

A Catholic Abuse Crisis Syllabus
Catherine R. Osborne, Daily Theology, Sept. 18, 2018

Worldliness is the very heart of the Catholic Church’s crisis
Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter, Sept. 12, 2018

McCarrick, the bishops, and unanswered questions
J.D. Flynn, Catholic News Agency, July 23, 2018

SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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