Our Opinion: Prayers for Bishop

Tucson Citizen
November 15, 2006

Our thoughts are with retired Catholic Bishop Manuel D. Moreno of Tucson as he recuperates from surgery in Phoenix for a blood clot in his brain.

Moreno was bishop of the Diocese of Tucson from 1982 until his retirement in 2003, struggling with the spate of lawsuits filed from 1997 to 2001 alleging child sexual abuse by local priests.

Moreno, who was accused of covering up the abuse, introduced a policy in 2002 mandating that suspected child abuse be reported to law enforcement, abuse prevention methods be enacted and guilty priests be defrocked.

Now Moreno, 75, has been battling Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer in addition to recovery from his surgery.

As legions of Arizona Roman Catholics pray for the former bishop, we also wish him a speedy recovery.


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