Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland has a new archbishop. The Most Reverend Alexander Sample leads an archdiocese of approximately 400,000 Catholics.

He was installed at a formal ceremony at the University of Portland Tuesday.

A Vatican delegate read out the apostolic letter of appointment in front of the public and representatives from around the world.

Once Sample took a seat in the bishop's throne, he officially assumed his new position.

In the Archbishop's sermon, he spoke explicitly about the Catholic church's recent sex abuse scandals.

He said that they've damaged the credibility of the church, and that not enough regret can be expressed to the victims.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.