The following is a transcript Mark Joseph Williams reflection to the USCCB General Assembly:
As a clerical abuse survivor, a victim of a half-century ago, I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to speak with you, the custodians of our Roman Catholic faith. You are entrusted across these vast United States to lead pilgrims of faith in the Joy of the Gospel. You are the primary evangelizers at this time here and now in all your respective dioceses. Pope Francis put it clearly and powerfully at the start of his papacy:
“May the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ.” Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Sexual Misconduct Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of new board members, renewal of current members and the retirement of long-time members of the board.
The bishop said that adding of new board members is consistent with certain recommendations of Retired Connecticut Superior Court Justice Robert Holzberg included in his Clerical Sexual Abuse Accountability Report on sexual abuse in our diocese that was issued in October after a year-long, independent investigation.
HARTFORD- In May 2019, Pope Francis released his apostolic letter, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”) to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church.
The Office of Safe Environments is taking precautionary measures with regards to live training sessions, VIRTUS, Protecting God’s Children for Adults as we continue to monitor the situation concerning the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, December 6, 2019
I am writing to inform you that I have placed Reverend Jaime Marin-Cardona on Administrative Leave after being informed by state Department of Children and Families (DCF) that it has substantiated allegations of abuse after a lengthy investigation.
BRIDGEPORT—Retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Robert Holzberg, who has led an independent investigation into the handling of the abuse crisis by the Diocese of Bridgeport, has released a report on his findings on Tuesday, October 1st at 11:00 am in a press conference.
BRIDGEPORT—Catholics in Connecticut are reacting to the news that Diocese in four New England states launched a confidential online reporting system for abuse last week. One of the Connecticut Diocese launched a similar system back in March.
This is an opportunity to learn more about the Children’s Safe Environment Training, Think First and Stay Safe and the Netsmartz workshop. Join other parents in the Diocese of Bridgeport in discussing topics including, but not limited to child safety, sexual abuse prevention, internet dangers, school yard and cyber bullying, abduction prevention, safe use of technology and the latest popular Apps that are high risk to children.
Date: Thursday, August 10th Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Elementary School Curriculum K-8), 6:15pm – 7:15pm (High School Curriculum 9-12)
Date: Thursday, September 28th Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Elementary School Curriculum K-8), 6:15pm – 7:15pm (High School Curriculum 9-12)
Location: The Catholic Center (Room L14), 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.
Your Facilitator will be Deacon John DiTaranto, Safe Environment Program Assistant. Pre-registration is required to ensure that you are notified in the event of any changes or cancellations.
Please email or call no later than 24-hours prior to the date of the training. Office: (203) 416-1650 Email:email@example.com
BROOKFIELD—At the third and final abuse crisis listening session held in the chapel of St. Joseph Church in Brookfield the discussion between Bishop Caggiano and those in attendance was candid, at times deeply personal, and ended on a hopeful note.
FAIRFIELD—The sexual abuse crisis has led to a call to reform and purify the Church, and meaningful change is already underway in many dioceses across the country, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the first Listening Session held at Notre Dame High School.
WESTON—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano delivered a somber message about the abuse of power within the Church at the Mass of Hope, Healing and Reconciliation at St. Francis of Assisi Church held on Sunday in Weston.