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Pope sanctions ex-US bishop accused of sexual harassment

The measure was among a series of sanctions the pope had issued against Michael Bransfield, the website reported, citing a statement from Mr Bransfield’s former diocese in Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, in the United States.

Mr Bransfield was also forbidden to live in the diocese and instructed to make personal amends for the harm he had caused, said the statement.

The bishop resigned in 2018 soon after his 75th birthday, after the allegations against him emerged of sexually harassing adults.
In the wake of scandals, the US Catholic church had reinforced its system for reporting abuses in line with the recommendations by the pope.

VATICAN CITY,

Pope Francis has banned a former US bishop accused of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement from performing the liturgy, the Vatican News website reported Sunday.

The measure was among a series of sanctions the pope had issued against Michael Bransfield, the website reported, citing a statement from Mr Bransfield’s former diocese in Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, in the United States.

Mr Bransfield was also forbidden to live in the diocese and instructed to make personal amends for the harm he had caused, said the statement.

The nature and extent of those amends will be decided by the future bishop of the diocese, said Friday’s statement.

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