Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released the following statement Thursday morning after his name was mentioned Wednesday in a clergy-sex abuse trial in Philadelphia.
The following statement was released on the Diocese's website:
I have been deeply saddened by the priest child abuse scandal that has been connected to a handful of my former colleagues and friends from St. Charles Seminary. Over the years, I have felt devastation for both the victims and the church as I learned about the terrible actions they took with innocent victims.
To now be unfairly included in that group and to hear the horrific allegations that are being made of me is unbelievable and shocking. As a native of Roxboro, I consider Philadelphia my home. I have openly been an advocate for the erad...
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—Bransfield, took boys to farm in northeastern Pennsylvania and
—a Philly priest told him Bransfield was abusing one of them.
And years ago, the friendship between the Philly priest and the West Virginia bishop was noted in a grand jury report.
In Bransfield’statement defending himself about these allegations, he attacks the judicial system, the judge, and the prosecutors in Philadelphia
Also, Msgr. Kevin M. Quirk has sworn obedience to Bransfield who can order Quirk to appear in court. Bransfield should not stop him from testifying in the philly trial because it only adds to the doubts about Bransfield.
If anyone has knowledge about this, please report it to the police,
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511