Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan passed away this Wednesday, 6:45 a.m. at the age of 85.
Cruz died while being treated at Cardinal Santos Hospital due to his long illness, according to the Catholic Bishops ’Conference of the Philippines.
Cruz was born on November 17, 1934 in Balanga, Bataan.
He was ordained a Catholic priest on February 9, 1962. Cruz served as auxiliary bishop of Manila from 1976 to 1978 and archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando from 1978 to 1988.
He is the judicial vicar of the Catholic Bishops ’Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) National Tribunal of Appeals, and director of the CBCP Legal Office. He was appointed Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan on July 15, 1991.
Cruz has written many books, including the CBCP Guidelines on Sexual Abuse and Misconduct: A Critique, and Call of the Laity.
BREAKING: Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan died today at 6:45am at the Cardinal Santo Hospital due to a lingering illness. He was 85. pic.twitter.com/nT0reHGgT6— CBCPNews (@cbcpnews) August 26, 2020