Pueblo prepares for resignation of Catholic bishop

POSTED: 08:53 AM MDT Jun 17, 2013    UPDATED: 12:33 PM MDT Jun 17, 2013 
Bishop Fernando Isern
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.