Loading
Vatican issues statement on Milingo reappearance
Vatican issues statement on Milingo reappearance
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- At midday today, in Rome, the Holy See released a brief statement regarding the reappearance of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo in Washington, D. C. yesterday.

The Holy See said that it has not yet received, “precise information concerning the aim of the journey to the United States of America by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo.”
 
"In any case,” the statement continued, “if the declarations attributed to him concerning ecclesiastical celibacy were to prove authentic, the only thing to do would be to deplore them, Church discipline on this matter being well known."

CNA reported last night that Milingo, the erratic, retired Zambian archbishop who drew massive attention in 2001 has appeared in Washington, D.C. and reportedly revealed that he is reestablishing contact with the Korean acupuncturist who he illicitly wedded in a ceremony of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon sect.

“Maria,” the Milingo said, “is still my wife and will remain so until death.”
 
Milingo was speaking at the National Press Club at the invitation of excommunicated Catholic priest and self-proclaimed Archbishop George Augustus Stallings Jr.  According to the New York Times, Stallings was accused of sexual misconduct with a man in his parish in 1989 and was to be sent for treatment by the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal James Hickey.  Stallings refused his treatment and began his own church, the Imani Temple, of which he appointed himself Archbishop.  Since that time Stallings has sought to expand his church by embracing priests who have renounced their ordination promises and sought illicit marriages.

According to the Washington Times, the Stallings event at which Milingo was speaking, was to announce Milingo’s newly formed “ministry” to persuade the Roman Catholic Church to allow priests to marry.

Milingo claims that his goal, apparently by means of public reemergence in disobedience to Rome and reaffirmation of his sectarian marriage, is to make a stand to awaken awareness in the Catholic Church for the need to bring married priests back into the ministry.  "I feel it is time for the church to reconcile with married priests," Milingo said.

The report said that Milingo was surrounded by several married former priests, and disguised his attack on the ancient discipline of the Catholic Church with words of reconciliation. "To our beloved mother church, we beseech you to open your arms to these prodigal children who have longed to return home and have so much to offer," he said. "There is no more important healing than the reconciliation of 150,000 married priests."

Milingo’s words yesterday are contrary to those he spoke in 2001 when he admitted that his marriage was not recognized by the Church, "and out of respect and love for the Holy Father," he "honored the pontiff's request to return to his healing ministry in Rome.”

The Vatican official who was successful in bringing about Milingo’s repentance, renunciation of his “marriage,” and return to the Church in 2001 was Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.  Last week, Pope Benedict XVI promoted Bertone to the role of Secretary of State. 
 
Milingo, who’s emotional stability has been in the spotlight since his ascent to the episcopacy, served as Archbishop of the diocese of Lusaka through the 70’s and early 80’s and became well known for his charismatic healing services.  He retired as Archbishop of Lusaka at the age of 53. He turned 76 earlier this month.  

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Nov
26

Liturgical Calendar

November 26, 2014

Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 21:5-11

Gospel
Date
11/25/14
11/24/14
11/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Rev 15: 1-4
Gospel:: Lk 21: 12-19

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/25/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 21:5-11

Homily
Date
11/25/14
11/24/14
11/21/14