Robert Sanchez 1934-2012: Many Mourn Former Archbishop

By Olivier Uyttebrouck
January 21, 2012

The Rev. Robert Fortune Sanchez became a state hero in 1974 when he was ordained as the first New Mexico-born Archbishop of Santa Fe and the first Hispanic in the nation to hold the post.

He resigned in disgrace in 1993 as part of a sex scandal that took a heavy toll on the church.

The ordination of Sanchez, then 40, as the nation's youngest archbishop drew 14,000 jubilant New Mexicans to the Pit at the University of New Mexico.


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