West Virginia bishop requires new protocols for safe environment program

Expanding the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston's Safe Environment Program, Bishop Mark Brennan is requiring additional protocols to increase safety and reduce risk of sexual abuse in Catholic schools and parishes.

Opioid crisis reaches all corners of West Virginia, leaving few untouched

The state's drug fatality rate was nearly three times higher than the national average. Through Catholic Charities, the church in West Virginia is helping addicts and families to endure, escape and avoid the abuse cycle.

Former seminarian alleges sex assault by former bishop of West Virginia

A former altar server, seminarian and secretary to Bishop Michael Bransfield has filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the former bishop of Wheeling-Charleston sexually assaulted him.

The alleged assault occurred in 2014, but fearing retribution for himself, his parents and family because of "treatment and ostracism of once highly regarded church members who had dared to criticize or speak ill of the Catholic Church or Bishop Bransfield," the suit alleges, he did not report the incident at the time.

Diocese responds to suit, 'steadfastly' affirms child protection policy

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is addressing a lawsuit filed by the state "with utmost seriousness," while "steadfastly affirming" the diocese's rigorous child protection standards, said the diocese's apostolic administrator, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori.