After Pope Francis accepted Bishop Bransfield’s resignation, the pope ordered Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore to investigate allegations that Bishop Bransfield had sexually harassed adult males and misused diocesan finances during his time in West Virginia.
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A new protocol allowing the disinvitation was approved by the bishops’ conference in June.
Bishop Bransfield categorically denied that inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl during a pilgrimage to Washington in 2012.
An investigation by The Washington Post was published Sept. 12.
The donations don’t appear to involve an effort to purchase favors from the recipients, so they likely were permissible under Holy See standards.