Accusations of sexual harassment of adults

Accusations of sexual harassment of adults

Pope orders investigation into U.S. bishop © Bradley Birkholz (KNA)

During the pope's stay in the U.S., new allegations are made against a U.S. bishop. The case in the U.S. diocese of Wheeling-Charleston involves sexual harassment of adults.

In the U.S. diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Pope Francis is dropping allegations of adult sexual harassment by previous bishop Michael J. Examine Bransfield (75). At the same time, he accepted his resignation and entrusted the Archbishop of Baltimore, William Edward Lori (67), with the provisional leadership of the diocese. That's according to releases Thursday from the Archdiocese of Baltimore as well as the Vatican.

Accusations will be examined

Together with staff and faithful, he wants to "thoroughly investigate" the "disturbing allegations" against Bishop Bransfield, Archbishop Lori said in the statement ied by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Wheeling-Charleston diocese in the U.S. state of West Virgina is part of the Baltimore church territory.

Bransfield had led the diocese since February 2005. On 8. September he completed his 75th year. The Pope reached the age of retirement, the age limit set by canon law at which bishops are supposed to offer their resignation to the pope. Francis now accepted this a few days later.

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