The Washington Post continues to investigate former West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield. This time, Post reporters Shawn Boburg and Robert O'Harrow Jr. present an extensively-documented investigation of his travels that includes this chart:
The article is titled:
A penthouse, limousines and private jets: Inside the globe-trotting life of Bishop Michael Bransfield
It was billed as a holy journey, a pilgrimage with West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield to “pray, sing and worship” at the National Shrine in Washington. Catholics from remote areas of one of the nation’s poorest states paid up to $190 for seats on overnight buses and hotel rooms.
Unknown to the worshipers, Bransfield traveled another way. He hired a private jet and, after a 33-minute flight, took a limousine from the airport. The church picked up his $6,769 travel bill.
That trip in September 2017 was emblematic of the secret history of Bransfield’s lavish travel. He spent millions of dollars from his diocese on trips in the United States and abroad, records show, while many of his parishioners struggled to find work, feed their families and educate their children.
As with the other Post articles in its Bransfield investigation, the article is well-documented.