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Monday, September 17, 2018

Follow the Money in the Diocese of Wheeling!

Today, I’m introducing a special guest who will be sharing insider information about the Diocese of Wheeling. My guest chooses to call himself “Nabi” (the prophet) and I welcome his input and wisdom. The prophets of the Old Testament were bold in revealing the sins of Israel (especially those of her rulers and religious establishment) and calling for repentance. Nabi will be exposing Bishop Bransfield’s shameful administration of the diocese and financial mismanagement to fund his own lavish lifestyle. It is not surprising. Homosexual immorality and financial theft to fund the lifestyle commonly go together. 
Wisdom from the Nabi....

Beginning today I will begin some commentary on the KEY underlying issue that fueled the corruption at the chancery in Wheeling under the administration of FORMER Bishop Bransfield. I choose to write under the name “Nabi” (Na-bee) which means Prophet in Hebrew. And what was the role of the prophet in the Bible? They were hard-lined conservatives who called a spade a spade. They called out the people in power who had gotten intoxicated with themselves and who ignored the needs of the people, ESPECIALLY the poor.

Here’s what the Nabi sayeth regarding the now former administration of the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston:

The most important question that the vast majority of the people in the pew failed to ask was: How did the FORMER bishop and his Monsignors fund their “reindeer games”?

I discovered, thanks to the help of a chancery insider in 2004, that the reserve monetary fund (where the big cash is stashed) was worth a mere 500 million dollars. Yes, that’s 1/ 2 a billion (with a B) dollars.

Now the first question that will come to your mind is...where did they get so much money? A woman named Sarah Tracey many years ago willed a chunk of land in Texas to the bishop of Wheeling. The money was to be used for the subsidy of Bishop Donahue Catholic high school and other worthy projects. [N.B. The closing of Bishop Donahue High School was abruptly announced last year with no input from parents who received notification by email that the school was closing at the end of the year. Many in the community learned about it in the morning paper and many students and alumni were upset. Enrollment was down, but why couldn’t some of the Tracey money have been used to reduce tuition?] For many years the diocese has been collecting royalties from the oil underneath the land, especially when crude prices went through the roof. (Do you remember paying almost 5.00 per gallon for gas?)

And while that money has been used for some worthy projects, it has also been used to renovate mansions and other episcopal pleasure projects. The FORMER bishop recently sent word to the people at St. Michael in Wheeling that they had to do some rather expensive renovations to the parish church and that “He” would pay for a new 500,000 dollar altar. How generous of him, eh? Actually, the money would come from the Sarah Tracey reserve account. HMMMM. But the parishioners get stuck with the remainder of the tab. Now, as one wise woman told me, some of the Church renovation needs to be done, for instance, the pretty pink sanctuary wall must be re-painted. However, the total cost of the project will be well over a million dollars with the people, not FORMER bishop Bransfield, picking up the tab!

Another creature- comfort that the FORMER bishop enjoyed was a RESERVED wine rack and dinner table at the Chop House restaurant in Charleston. YES, the FORMER bishop enjoyed fine dining at a very expensive eatery whenever his heart desired and at YOUR expense. Now how would a poor Nabi discover such a thing? A dear friend phoned the Chop House to inquire about possibly purchasing a Christmas gift card for the FORMER bishop. The very nice young lady who took the call was all too eager to discuss how much the FORMER bishop loved to eat at the Chop House with his special friends. She noted that the RESERVED wine rack and dinner table were important to him. Isn’t that SPECIAL???


Enough for now....My next installment will ponder the Question: Well, if the FORMER bishop knew he had at least 1/2 billion dollars in reserve, why did he keep hounding the parishioners of the diocese to dig deep and give to the annual BISHOPS’ CATHOLIC SHARING APPEAL???? Stay tuned....


16 comments:

John Smith said...

What state is the Wheeling-Charleston diocese?

Jean Pyle said...

Very Interesting!

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

West Virginia

Susan Matthiesen said...

Once years ago I was with a friend at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception when the currently FORMER Bishop of Wheeling was the Rector there. I was in the crypt looking at something when my friend greeted the now FORMER Bishop of Wheeling (then Rector) who was walking by. He stopped and they spoke a brief moment. When my friend found me she was laughing...said that the Rector appeared to be wearing eye makeup.

Susan Matthiesen said...

Mascara in particular.

Unknown said...

It is finally nice to know where all the money was going.....so sad to know this is one of God's successors on Earth.

Catechist Kev said...
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Susan Matthiesen said...

Love the part about a friend phoning the Chop House!! Guess the FORMER bishop never got that gift card, did he. lol

That strategy is a perfect example of Matthew 10:16 that as sheep among wolves we need to be as innocent as doves but wise as serpents.

Unknown said...

Very sad that he was not found out sooner. Many people for years have not liked this man. Closing Bishop Donahue was a deliberate act from him. Why was this money spent like this and no one coming forward? Could it be because some of the priest that were made Monsignors knew something? This whole situation is a total disgrace to the Catholics. And to think it happened right here in my home town.

Unknown said...

VERY INTERESTING TO SAY THE LEAST,WOW

James W. Smith said...

I live in West Virginia and visited his Parrish several times, as my wife and I live 30 minutes away. Bishop Bransfield was an arrogant, pompous ass. Even from the alter he intimidated people and had personal requests as if he was a celebrity. He had several "slaves" to do his laundry, cook, clean and drive him around to exclusive events. He lived like a king and an sure we parishioners footed the bill. His "slaves" always seemed to be attractive young men in the church who he was giddy around. He treated little girl alter servers very harshly and the little boys, he giggled and teased. It was obvious he was homosexual. Often I felt uncomfortable around him. He needs to experience prison, eating top ramen in his orange jumpsuit. Anyone who hurts a kid needs to receive the harshest punishment the system offers.

Unknown said...

It is terrible they let him close BDHS. My nephew would have been a senior the year he closed them and it was terrible for those kids. For all the kids from BDHS it made them question the faith. I dont know why this was allowed to happen to this school and change the future of the kids that went there

michelle lemons said...

And to send your child to central High School is almost 10000 a year and grade schools over 6000.

michelle lemons said...

And the schools got nothing. Bishop got closed down. He wanted to rename Wheeling Central to The Michael Bransfield high school. Tuition is threw the roof.

Memories in the making said...

as would be my child. She doesnt go to church anymore. Her faith was crushed by this man.

MaggieDBE said...

To Unknown:
Who is the "they" you say let him close Bishop Donahue High School. I don't think anyone "let" him--I take it he was ruthless with opposition. You could oppose all you wanted to, you'd be brushed off. If you believe any of the clerical staff had any power you'd be mistaken. The method used was to divide staff and pit them against one another. And as for lay staff--they can always be fired.