WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the release of Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio earlier today. The Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), Read More ››
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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.
The Bishop said that the crisis may Read More ››
BROOKFIELD— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will host the third and final listening session for the sexual abuse crisis at St. Joseph Church in Brookfield at 7 pm tonight, May 1st.
The past few months have been a time of crisis in the Church with local, national and Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Accountability of Church leadership for the abuse crisis was the focus of the second listening session led by Bishop Caggiano and held at St. Joseph High School.
In his update on the diocesan response to the sexual abuse crisis, the bishop said the diocese has taken major Read More ››
DANBURY—For 40 years, David D’Andrea kept a secret from the rest of the world, a secret so dark and spiritually corrosive that it affected his health and led to post-traumatic stress disorder.
When he was 13, he was molested by his parish priest, and although his mother Read More ››
DANBURY — Joseph Cann Sr. soon will be ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church — a special office that gives him limited priestly duties while allowing him to remain a married father of two.
When Cann stands to deliver his first homily in June, it will Read More ››
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.
The Bishop told that Read More ››
As your diocesan Bishop, I am committed to hearing your concerns directly as we continue our healing journey together.
While there are many issues associated with this crisis to be dealt with on both the global and national levels, I remain determined to move forward with whatever Read More ››
Retired Superior Court Judge Holzberg is conducting an investigation into clergy sexual abuse of minors and the Diocesan response to that abuse. In order to fully include the voices of survivors and others affected by this abuse in his report, his team has established a Read More ››
Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Dear Bishop Caggiano:
Let me take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the efforts we have undertaken to fulfill your mandate to provide you and the Diocese with Read More ››
DANBURY—The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor and for others who have been impacted.
The Mass will be held Read More ››
My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
In my letter of September 7, 2018, I announced the urgent need for administrative action with regards to the current crisis in the Church. Several initiatives have already begun and additional initiatives are planned. I am pleased to take this Read More ››
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.
“There is one thing at the root of all the sins suffered by Read More ››
WESTON- The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as minor and for others who have been impacted.
The Mass will be held Read More ››
My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
I write to you today to report the findings related to certain action items I communicated in my September 8, 2018 letter addressing the sexual abuse crisis as it has impacted our Diocese.
In my letter to the faithful, I announced Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Many words have been said regarding the crime of sexual abuse of minors and the scandals that these crimes have produced, words that are needed to express our grief, anger and confusion. However, words alone are insufficient. The time for further action has come,” said Bishop Read More ››
ROME—Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has become one of the most closely watched American prelates at a time when the Church in the United States is in full crisis mode, making it perhaps unsurprising that he was the first bishop to raise the issue of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano today (October 3) announced that retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Robert L. Holzberg, who is a partner in the law firm of Pullman & Comley LLC of Hartford and Bridgeport, will serve as counsel and lead investigator for the Clerical Sexual Abuse Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano has asked pastors to celebrate a local Mass of Reparation in their parishes no later than October 31, 2018. In the coming weeks, the bishop will announce additional spiritual initiatives and administrative measures to address the sexual abuse scandal in a spirit of transparency Read More ››
ROME—As the Synod of Bishops on youth and young adults prepares to open, one of the American delegate bishops said that for any efforts to minister to young people today to bear fruit, the church must first reclaim credibility by addressing the clergy sexual abuse scandal Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“There is tremendous hope in a difficult climate,” said diocesan director of Safe Environments Erin Neil, at the Safe Environments Leadership Summit held this morning in Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center.
“Christ is our true healer and he will help guide us through this Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— “The leadership of the Church has failed in many ways, it has been tarnished… Healing will take a long time,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the Clergy Mass of Reparation on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows this morning in response to the Read More ››
The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel will be recited at the end of every Mass in the Diocese, beginning on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, as instructed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano earlier this month.
Michael the Archangel appears multiple times in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano met with the leaders of St. Charles Parish this afternoon to discuss circumstances surrounding the resignation of their former pastor, Fr. Frank Gomez, and ways the parish might move forward in the future.
In a candid and informal exchange that lasted an hour and a Read More ››
DALLAS (CNS) — Dallas Bishop Edward J. Burns has asked Pope Francis for an extraordinary synod to address issues in the latest Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, including “abuse of power, clericalism, accountability and the understanding of transparency in the church.”
The letter, posted to the Diocese Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue in Read More ››
TRUMBULL—“Most of us think that these things happen somewhere else…but it happened to my family, and it can happen to anyone,” a survivor shared her story of her experience with abuse at a young age.
The Office of Safe Environments held a VIRTUS training session on Thursday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—One of the major challenges for victims of sexual abuse who have come forward in the past has been getting people to listen to them, to believe their stories and to respect the suffering and pain they’ve experienced.
A recent Catholic News Service story reported that sexual Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Sexual assault victims say they were hurt not only by individual priests, but by church officials and ordinary Catholics who treated them with intolerance and indifference.
Four survivors of sexual assaults by priests shared their stories with Catholic News Service. They are: Jim VanSickle and Mike McDonnell Read More ››
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience Read More ››
A gathering on Tuesday, June 19 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm) will be held at The New Covenant Center, 174 Richmond Hill Ave Stamford, CT 06902 for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor and family members to meet with the victim assistance Read More ››
A gathering on January 10 (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm) will be held at the Catholic Center for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse. We hope to hear Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—A special Mass for those who have been sexually abused as a minor and for family members, spouses and others who have been impacted by abuse will be held on Sunday, October 29, at 2 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church, located at 149 South Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In support of the upcoming Healing Mass and the ongoing work of healing in the diocese, members of The Committee for Healing have participated in a video project produced at Sacred Heart University in association with the Safe Environments Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The videos Read More ››
A Service of peace, hope and healing for those who have been impacted by sexual abuse as minors by clergy, will be held at Fairfield University Egan Chapel at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2nd.
The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, will lead the gathering Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has placed Fr. Stephen DeLuca, a retired priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, on administrative leave and has removed his faculties to exercise any and all forms of public ministry as a priest.
The decision was made after the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Review Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced the formation of a Ministerial Misconduct Advisory Board to review cases involving clerics accused of misconduct that involves adults or occurs in the exercise of his ministry.
The board will review cases in which the bishop must consider action regarding a Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of board members and the reappointment of long-time members.
The Review Board was formed in 2002 by Bishop William E. Lori to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Sexual Misconduct Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has Named Judge Mary. K. Huffman of Centerville, Ohio; Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald J. Schmid of Granger, Indiana, and Marriage and Family Therapist Nelle Moriarty of Rochester, Minnesota to four-year terms Read More ››