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.
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.
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.
Healing of the church can be brought about by all faithfully living their God-given vocations, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore told Catholics in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston during a visit to the statewide diocese in early October.
In his celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling Sept. 15, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said he will be with the Catholics of West Virginia on the journey to "healing and reconciliation."