PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo Catholics are preparing to say goodbye to Bishop Fernando Isern, who has resigned for health reasons.
The Cuban-born bishop was Pueblo's fourth bishop, serving there since 2009. The Pueblo Diocese covers 48,000 square miles and 53 parishes.
Catholics are planning a goodbye ceremony next week in Pueblo. Isern resigned June 13.
The Pueblo diocese includes the Catholic hospital that last year made news for arguing in a lawsuit that twin fetuses that died in its care were not, under state law, human beings.
The argument clashed with Catholic doctrine. Isern and the Archbishop of Denver later issued a statement that the argument made by the hospital's attorneys was "morally wrong" and expressed sympathy for the mother.