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Bishop Bransfield's name comes off two buildings in Wheeling

The investigation into the claims against the former bishop continues, but two organizations that put Bransfield's name on their buildings have decided to remove them.

It has been almost 5 months since allegations of sexual harassment were made against former Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Michael Bransfield.

The investigation into the claims against the former bishop continues, but two organizations that put Bransfield's name on their buildings have decided to remove them.

“You can never go wrong when you use the name of someone who is named by the church as assured in Heaven. I think that will be the process going forward,” diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said.

The Wheeling Central Catholic Gymnasium was named from former Bishop Michael Bransfield last April. Now, it just reads "athletic center."

This comes after the school's board of directors voted to have it removed.

“When the investigation into Bishop Bransfield began, the discussion was started at Wheeling Central. They waited until their January board meeting. At that board meeting, they made a recommendation to Archbishop Lori that the name be removed. The archbishop accepted that recommendation, and the name was taken off the building.”

Central Catholic isn't the only spot to remove the name.

Wheeling Hospital’s Continuous Care Center, once named for Bransfield, has also taken the name off the building.

Now, the diocese is looking at a new way to avoid these issues in the future.

“I think it speaks to a broader movement within diocese throughout the country that if you're going to put a name on a building or a wing, or a field or event, it's always a good idea to use the name of someone who has been sainted, or who is a saint,” Bishop said.

Bransfield had to leave the state after the allegations came out, and he continues to live elsewhere.

The investigation may be over in the next few weeks.

“I know that they're moving forward to the end of that report, so once it's given to the archbishop, we'll be able to know more,” Bishop said.

As for that vacant bishop spot, Bishop says they haven't heard any updates from Rome, and Archbishop Lori will continue in that role for now.

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