SAGINAW (WJRT) (4/13/2018) - While Bishop Joseph Cistone has been leading the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw through a sweeping sex abuse scandal, he's been battling a serious issue of his own.
Cistone was diagnosed with lung cancer weeks before the sex abuse scandal broke in late February. His voice was noticeably weakened when he addressed St. Agnes Parish in March about the scandal.
The bishop was confident his cancer was treatable when he announced the diagnosis and he has remained on the job -- just with a scaled back daily workload.
Cistone said the treatments have gone well and he hasn't felt any serious side effects.
"I've been teasing with some of the doctors and all that, that some of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation -- I've just been spared of," he said. "I keep telling the doctors it's because of prayers."
Cistone said he has another check up next month to get an update on how well the treatments are working.