Oscar V. Cruz (17 November 1934 – 26 August 2020) was an archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. He was the Archbishop Emeritus of Lingayen–Dagupan in Pangasinan, Philippines, from 1991 to 2009.
Oscar V. Cruz
|Archbishop Emeritus of Lingayen–Dagupan|
|In office||15 July 1991 – 8 September 2009|
|Predecessor||Federico G. Limon|
|Successor||Socrates B. Villegas|
|Born||November 17, 1934|
Balanga, Bataan, Philippine Islands, U.S.
|Died||August 26, 2020 (aged 85)|
San Juan, Philippines
Oscar V. Cruz
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
Oscar Cruz was born on 17 November 1934 in Balanga, Bataan, Philippines. He received his seminary training at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary, and further theology studies at the Lateran University.
His priestly ordination was on 8 February 1962, and his episcopal consecration on 3 May 1976. He was the first Filipino rector of San Carlos Seminary of the Archdiocese of Manila from 1973 to 1978. He was an auxiliary bishop of Manila (1976–1978) and archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando (1978–1988). He served as a 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 15 July 1991.
Cruz published many books, including CBCP Guidelines on Sexual Abuse and Misconduct: A Critique, and Call of the Laity.
Manila RTC, Branch 52 Judge Antonio Rosales on 14 May 2008, issued the warrant of arrest, granted the P10,000 bail motion, and Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz posted bail. Libel cases were filed against him after he accused the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) of using female staff to act like "guest relations officers (GROs)" during the 2004 birthday celebration of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo. His arraignment was set on 17 June.
- gmanews.tv, Archbishop Cruz to post bail for libel case on Wednesday, 14 May 2008
- gmanews.tv, Bishop posts bail; court sets arraignment on June 17
- Gonzales, Cathrine (August 26, 2020). "Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz dies at 85". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
- "Former CBCP president Oscar Cruz succumbs to COVID-19". CNN Philippines. August 26, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Oscar Cruz.|
- Official Personal Website
- Viewpoints: Personal Views and Commentaries
- CBCP Online, Profile of Oscar V. Cruz
|Catholic Church titles|
Carmelo Dominador Flores Morelos
| CBCP President
Federico G. Limon
| Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
Socrates B. Villegas