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St. Colman Chapel and cemetery.

'The Little Catholic Church on Irish Mountain' stood in West Virginia for 150 years before it burned

Jun 27, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Nestled in the thick woods atop Irish Mountain in West Virginia, a small, whitewashed wooden church stood resolute for nearly... Read more

Father Bill Kuchinsky prepares to say the funeral Mass for the unbaptized children for the remains of the 115 aborted babies in Washington, D.C. on March 28, 2022.

Catholic priest reveals role in DC aborted babies case: 'I buried them myself'

Apr 20, 2022

By Katie Yoder

A West Virginia priest is speaking publicly about his role in providing a funeral Mass and burial for more than... Read more

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of Steubenville, Ohio gives the homily during Mass with members of the USCCB Region VI at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Dec. 10, 2019, during their ad Limina Apostolorum visit.

Two more US bishops emphasize the need for Eucharistic document

Jul 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

The U.S. bishops are drafting a Eucharistic document to catechize Catholics, not to score political points, two bishops emphasized this... Read more

Bishop Mark Brennan.

West Virginia bishop revives lay-led advisory council

Feb 8, 2021

The Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston is reviving a lay-led advisory council as part of reforms following the 2018 departure of disgraced... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield, Bishop Emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston. CNA file photo.

Bishop Bransfield offers 'apology', repays $400k to W Virginia diocese

Aug 20, 2020

Bishop Michael Bransfield has repaid more than $400,000 to his former diocese, and issued a narrowly-worded apology to the faithful... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield, Bishop Emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston. CNA file photo.

W Virginia's Catholic bishop says emeritus Bishop Bransfield not in contact

Aug 15, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop Michael Bransfield, who headed West Virginia’s only Catholic diocese before retiring amid scandal, has not communicated with his successor... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield. CNA file photo.

Bishop Bransfield facing new abuse allegation

Oct 3, 2019

Former Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Branfield is facing an allegation that he touched inappropriately a nine year-old girl during a... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield. CNA file photo.

Bishop Bransfield's life of luxury

Sep 13, 2019

Bransfield spent nearly one million dollars on private jets and over $660,000 on airfare and hotels during his 13 years... Read more

Bishop Mark Brennan.

New West Virginia bishop addresses scandals head-on at installation Mass

Aug 23, 2019

After nearly a year without a bishop, due to the scandal-ridden former Bishop Michael Bransfield, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in... Read more

Bishop Mark Brennan.

Brennan appointment hailed as 'new day' after Bransfield scandals in West Virginia

Jul 23, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Bishop Mark Brennan will be installed as the ninth Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston next month, as West Virginia’s sole diocese looks... Read more

Bishop Mark Brennan.

Pope Francis names Bp Mark Brennan to follow Bransfield at West Virginia diocese

Jul 23, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Tuesday named Bishop Mark Brennan the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia following financial corruption and alleged sexual assault... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield (CNA file photo) with Vatican communique announcing restrictions

Vatican announces sanctions on disgraced Bishop Bransfield

Jul 19, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston, will no longer be allowed to participate in public Masses or live... Read more

Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston. CC 4.0, Wikimedia Commons.

Wheeling-Charleston Diocese launches new financial accountability plan

Jul 18, 2019

In the wake of reports of financial and sexual misconduct on the part of former Bishop Michael Bransfield, the Diocese... Read more

Archbishop William Lori speaks at a Legatus conference on Feb 8, 2013.

‘No excuse, no adequate explanation’: Lori releases findings of Bishop Bransfield investigation

Jun 5, 2019

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has released a letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston addressing the findings of a preliminary... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield. CNA file photo.

Bishops Bransfield, Bennett restricted from exercising ministry

Mar 11, 2019

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore announced on Monday restrictions on the ministry of both retired West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield... Read more