Vatican OKs Sexual Harassment Probe Of U.S. Bishop Michael Bransfield

“The Vatican has authorized an investigation into a U.S. bishop accused of sexual harassment of adults Thursday, as a U.S. delegation met with the pope over the latest chapter in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse and cover-up scandal that have also implicated Francis himself.

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield, and had named a temporary administrator for his Wheeling-Charleston diocese.

The administrator, Baltimore Bishop William Lori, said in a statement that Francis had instructed him to “conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults against Bishop Bransfield.””

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