Despite criticism that punishment towards disgraced former Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Bransfield should have been stronger, current Bishop Mark Brennan is standing by the diocese’s “plan of amends.”

The proposed plan was announced last Tuesday where Bransfield would make public apologies and pay $792,638 restitution if he accepts his actions of financial improprieties and alleged sexual harassment and abuse of adults and former students. Bishop Brennan spoke with River News.

Mark Switzer, part of the Lay Catholics Voices for Change also spoke to River News about the proposed amends and the difficult job Bishop Brennan has before him.