Faith-healing archbishop eased out quietly
The Vatican has confirmed that Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, whose faith-healing services are a source of sharp controversy, no longer holds an official position in the Roman Curia.
The Tablet reports that Milingo was removed as Archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, in 1983, after complaints that his services involved elements of tribal religion. He was then assigned to an unimportant job in the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerants. His supporters argue that the move was prompted by fear and intolerance of black styles of worship.
He was deprived of his Vatican posting several months ago for reasons unknown, but the news has only broken over the past week. Milingo, who was 70 in June, is still listed in the Vatican's Annuario (yearbook) for 2000, but only as emeritus Archbishop of Lusaka. His future plans are currently unknown.