Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Mark E. Brennan outlined a detailed “plan of amends” that has been presented to the former bishop for his cooperation.
The plan calls for apologies to those adults whom he was found to have sexually harassed, as well as to the Catholic faithful of the Diocese for the harm he caused and the reputation damage to the Catholic Church in West Virginia.
In addition, he is required also to apologize to members of the Chancery staff who were subjected to a culture of intimidation and fear of retribution in performing their responsibilities.
The plan further defines significant financial restitution to the Diocese in the amount of $792,638.00 that is being required of former Bishop Bransfield, reflecting the amount determined to have been related purely to personal expenditures and unrelated to the performance of his official duties during his tenure.
The former bishop will now receive reduced monthly retirement payments of only $736.00, will have to pay his own health and prescription costs and either turn in his car or pay fair market value for it.
A copy of a Letter to the Faithful can be accessed here.