January 28, 2006

All Tucson parishes separated in sex-abuse fallout


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.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2006 07:57 PM