This is Michael J. Bransfield, prelate of Wheeling-Charleston, in West Virginia
The Vatican said the pope ordered the archbishop of Baltimore, William E. Lori, to conduct an investigation into the allegations against Bransfield, 75. These indicate that he sexually harassed adults, as reported by the Catholic News Service. Lori was also appointed as apostolic administrator of Wheeling-Charleston.
The investigation and the resignation is announced on the same day that Francisco meets with a delegation of Catholic cardinals and bishops of the United States asa result of the multiple accusations of sexual abuse and concealment of irregularities in the North American country.
The meeting was requested by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, after it was revealed that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick rose to that position despite known accusations of sexual misconduct. An archbishop has accused Francisco himself of turning a blind eye to the alleged crimes of McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals.
In a statement issued Thursday regarding Bransfield's case, Lori said: "My main concern is the care and support of the priests and people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at this difficult time , " reported the News Service. Catholics "I pledge to conduct a thorough search for the truth in the disturbing accusations against Bishop Bransfield and to work closely with the clergy, religious and lay leaders of the diocese until the appointment of a new bishop."
Bransfield, former rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, had headed the diocese throughout the state since February 2005.