All Tucson Parishes Separated in Sex-Abuse Fallout

January 28, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. All 74 parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson will be legally separated by the end of February.

The move comes as the church rebuilds from bankruptcy caused by a slew of priest sexual-abuse lawsuits.Each parish will incorporate and take legal title to its property. But that doesn't mean they'll be run as standalone operations.Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas will sit on each parish board along with two other priests. The five-person boards will be rounded out with two lay members.Kicanas calls the move a "new dawn" for the diocese.But some parishioners already are expressing doubts about the arrangement. They say it leaves power with the diocese and isn't inclusive.

Information from: Arizona Daily Star,


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