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“We are obliged to no individual” unless their last name is McKinley

Our local Ogden papers ignore the latest news on the continuing Bransfield scandal

On Sunday evening, the Washington Post published another report in its continuing investigation of the Bransfield scandal. (See previous post.) This article examined the controversies surrounding the Diocese of West Virginia’s sale of the former bishop’s home in Wheeling. The article appeared in the Post’s Monday edition. Additionally, the . . .

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January 01, 2020

The Washington Post continues its Bransfield investigation

This time it looks at questions surrounding the sale of his property

Set for publication in tomorrow's Washington Post is yet another report in its continuing investigation of the scandals surrounding the former bishop of the West Virginia diocese:

Disgraced bishop spent $4.6 million on mansion that sold for only $1.2 million

It begins:

After Bishop Michael J. . . .

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December 29, 2019

Washington Post publishes secret Bransfield report

This afternoon the Washington Post published a link to the secret Vatican report on former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield. Here’s the headline:

The Bransfield report: Post publishes secret Vatican document as parishioners demand answers

The Post explained why it had decided to publish the document now:

. . .

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December 23, 2019

$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

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