Bishop Richard Moth thanked his predecessor Kieran Conry and called his contribution to the diocese “very significant” during his installation as bishop of Arundel and Brighton on Thursday.
Bishop Emeritus Conry resigned last year after admitting he had broken his vow of celibacy and had a sexual relationship with a woman.
In his homily at the ceremony at Arundel Cathedral Bishop Moth paid tribute to Conry for his “contribution in the field of evangelisation within the diocese and beyond”.
Bishop Moth also alluded to the crisis surrounding Bishop Conry, saying there were times in all our lives when we experience difficulties as individuals and as families, and there were also times of “weakness and pain as a diocese too”. But, he said, his installation Mass was a moment to recommit to Christ and the Church.
He was installed by the Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith, and concelebrated by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, together with 21 other bishops from England and Wales.
Bishop Moth, formerly bishop to the forces, said it was a privilege to be installed into his new job in Arundel and Brighton on the fiftieth anniversary of the day the diocese was established.