Press conference Tuesday about future leadership of diocese

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WHEELING, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is having a press
conference Tuesday morning about the future leadership of the diocese.

The conference will be at its main Chancery offices at 1311 Byron Street in Wheeling at 9 a.m.

News outlets are reporting that Rev. Mark E. Brennan, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will become bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia.

The Baltimore auxiliary bishop is to succeed former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield. He resigned ten months ago after allegations of sexual and financial misconduct. The Vatican rendered its disciplinary decision last week, banning Bransfield from presiding over or taking part in public celebrations of Catholic liturgy and from living in the diocese.

Brennan will take over the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese, becoming the ninth bishop. He is 72-years-old. One of Brennan’s first orders will be to decide on what sort of amends Bransfield will need to take for his actions.

An ordination service has not yet been scheduled for him.

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