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$21 million? Much more on Bransfield’s actions and excesses

The Washington Post delivers again

If you have been following the Bransfield story you need to read this article. Once again, the Washington Post delivers a thoroughly-documented article by reporters Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg about the abuses of the former West Virginia bishop. (Note -- emphasis in this post is mine.)

The article begins by describing a . . .

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October 27, 2019

Reporters vs. stenographers

Some thoughts on why our local media underserves us

The title of today’s Wheeling Intelligencer editorial asks the following questions about the abuses of former Bishop Bransfield: “Who knew? Why did no one act?” The editorial rightly faults the Catholic Church but shouldn’t West Virginia media be asking themselves that same question?

The editorial mirrors a June column by the paper’s . . .

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September 20, 2019

The sale of Bransfield's home

Today's Wheeling Intelligencer article raises a number of questions for readers that aren't answered

What we learned from the Wheeling Intelligencer today:

The Wheeling diocesan home of former Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield has been sold for $1.2 million, and the proceeds will be placed into a special fund to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia.

The home was sold Aug. 23 to David H. and Meredith McKinley, . . .

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September 14, 2019

Bransfield’s travel extravagances

Once again, the Washington Post documents the abuses of West Virginia’s former bishop

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:

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The article is titled:

A penthouse, limousines and private . . .

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September 12, 2019

Some recent West Virginia stories you probably haven’t seen

A reaction to the Bransfield investigation, the proposed gas storage hub, and CNBC’s annual “worst states for business”

A Washington Post op-ed on West Virginia's former bishop

The religious section of this morning’s Washington Post has an op-ed by Michael J. Iafrate, who is co-coordinator of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia and a doctoral candidate in theology. Iafrate has been asking important questions of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese for . . .

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August 03, 2019

Reading the front page of the Wheeling Intelligencer on a holiday

Can we find anything newsworthy?

The Bransfield story and yesterday’s Washington Post story

This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer featured Ogden reporter Steven Allen Adams’ report on Ogden-favorite and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s ongoing battle with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. If you look toward the end of the Morrisey coverage, . . .

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July 04, 2019

Washington Post publishes a new investigative report on the Catholic Church’s failure to investigate Bransfield

Tomorrow’s edition of the Washington Post will again feature a long investigative piece on former Wheeling-Charleston bishop Michael J. Bransfield:

Warnings about West Virginia bishop went unheeded as he doled out cash gifts to Catholic leaders

The article is by Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg, and it . . .

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July 03, 2019

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