BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – The new bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport was formally installed Thursday.
As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, Rev. Frank Caggiano said in his heart he considers himself a shepard, someone who he hopes can build trust among his parishioners.
“There are some people who in the past have been hurt, people perhaps whose trust in the church has been damaged and they’re very dear to me. We need to reach out to them,” Caggiano told Schneidau.
Caggiano said the priest sex abuse scandal that rocked the Bridgeport Diocese has left anger and mistrust in its wake.
“The process we have now in place I believe is a sound one, it’s a tested one and will keep our children safe, but we will continue to monitor it. We have to,” he said.
Caggiano follows William Lori in the seat of the diocese, and acknowledged the groundbreaking work of his predecessor.
“Archbishop Lori did a magnificent job in addressing the sexual abuse crisis. In fact, he’s a national leader on it and he made some very hard decisions and the diocese is benefitting from that and he has set up a very rigorous set of protocols to make sure that we have a safe environment, that our children are safe,” Caggiano told Schneidau.
Lori was named Archbishop of Baltimore in March 2012.
Caggiano, 54, was selected to lead the Bridgeport Diocese by Pope Francis himself.
The installation Mass, which began at 1:30 p.m., was live streamed.
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