Oscar Cruz

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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

J.C.D., D.D.
Archbishop Emeritus of Lingayen–Dagupan
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In office15 July 1991 – 8 September 2009
PredecessorFederico G. Limon
SuccessorSocrates B. Villegas
Personal details
Born(1934-11-17)November 17, 1934
Balanga, Bataan, Philippine Islands, U.S.
DiedAugust 26, 2020(2020-08-26) (aged 85)
San Juan, Philippines
DenominationRoman Catholic
Styles of
Oscar V. Cruz
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop
Posthumous stylenot 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.[1][2]


On 8 September 2009, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the retirement of Archbishop Cruz. He was replaced by Bishop Socrates B. Villegas of the Diocese of Balanga.


Cruz died on 26 August 2020, at age 85, at 5: 00 AM, from complications of multiple organ failure caused by COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.[3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ gmanews.tv, Archbishop Cruz to post bail for libel case on Wednesday, 14 May 2008
  2. ^ gmanews.tv, Bishop posts bail; court sets arraignment on June 17
  3. ^ Gonzales, Cathrine (August 26, 2020). "Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz dies at 85". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Former CBCP president Oscar Cruz succumbs to COVID-19". CNN Philippines. August 26, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Carmelo Dominador Flores Morelos
CBCP President
Succeeded by
Orlando Quevedo
Preceded by
Federico G. Limon
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
Succeeded by
Socrates B. Villegas