Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
Viewed by Last Name:   Bransfield  

Total Individuals: 1         

Return to main database page.      See abbreviations and posting policy.  Send corrections.

The Database of Publicly Accused Priests does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.
A-G   H-M   N-S   T-Z
Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Bransfield (Bp)
Michael J. 1971 P Settled Diocesan Named Wheeling-Charleston bishop 2005. Accused of abuse of boys in testimony in 4/12 trial of Lynn/ Brennan in PA. Bransfield denied. Resigned 9/13/18 after Pope ordered investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults and financial misdoings. Ministry restricted 3/19. Suit filed 3/22 by former personal altar server and secretary claimed Bransfield sexually harassed him for years and sexually assaulted him in 2014. Also, that he sexually abused J.E. and other adolescent and adult males, and diocese was aware in 2007 but no action. Settled 8/19. In 6/19 diocese said Bransfield sexually harassed young priests and misused funds. Gave large sums of money to cardinals, bishops and priests over the years. In 7/18 Pope said Bransfield must make amends, can't live in the diocese or celebrate liturgy publicly. Suit filed 9/19 by recent seminarian. Allegation 10/19 of inappropriate touch in 2012 of a 9-year-old girl. He denied. Philadelphia, PA Source:
Collection of articles prior to 07.13.12; Washington Post 07.14.12; Philadelphia Inquirer 07.22.12; Charleston Daily Mail 07.23.12; Charleston Gazette 07.23.12; Herald-Star 07.24.12; SNAP Statement 07.24.12; Statement from Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston 07.24.12; Catholic News Agency 07.25.12; Catholic Sentinel 07.26.12; TheMediaReport 10.15.12; Associated Press 09.13.18; New York Times 09.13.18; WTRF 09.13.18; The Herald-Dispatch 09.17.18; Intelligencer via Weirton Daily Times 09.18.18; WHSV TV 10.24.18; News and Sentinel 10.26.18; The Intelligencer 02.06.19; Catholic News Service 03.11.19; Gazette Mail 03.11.19; Metro News 03.11.19; The Intelligencer 03.11.19; WTRF TV 03.11.19; Philadelphia Inquirer 03.19.19; CNN 03.20.19; WTOV 9 03.26.19; Philadelphia Inquirer 03.27.19; The Intelligencer 03.27.19; WTRF TV 03.27.19; WV Metro News 03.27.19; West Virginia Record 03.28.19; West Virginia Record 05.01.19; Intelligencer 05.11.19; Metro News 06.05.19; National Catholic Reporter 06.05.19; Washington Post 06.05.19; Washington Post 06.05.19; ABC News 06.06.19; Baltimore Sun 06.06.19; Daily Mail 06.06.19; News & Sentinel 06.06.19; Slate 06.06.19; West Virginia Record 06.07.19; Associated Press 06.08.19; Catholic Herald 06.11.19; Inside Higher Ed 06.11.19; The Intelligencer 06.11.19; Washington Post 06.19.19; Washington Post 07.03.19; Catholic News Agency 07.05.19; National Catholic Register 07.05.19; Catholic News Service 07.12.19; Apostolic Nunciature USA 07.19.19; Associated Press 07.19.19; Patheos 07.20.19; USA Today 07.20.19; Washington Post 08.02.19; Metro News 08.20.19; Associated Press 08.21.19; Washington Post 09.02.19; Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register 09.30.19; Catholic News Agency 10.03.19; WTOV 10.28.19; The Intelligencer 11.26.19; Washington Post 11.29.19; Washington Post 12.23.19; News Register 12.24.19; National Catholic Reporter 03.12.20; WV Metro News 08.04.20; Catholic News Agency 08.15.20; Philadelphia Inquirer 08.20.20; Washington Post 08.20.20; Weirton Daily Times 08.24.20; Wheeling Intelligencer 08.26.20; Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register 09.12.20
Biography of Bishop Bransfield from Wheeling-Charleston Diocese website; Assignment Record

 © 2013 BA 2.0