Married archbishop opts for excommunication
Rejecting the Vatican's invitation to avoid excommunication, former Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo said he will stay with the woman he married in May in a wedding presided over by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.
At a press conference last week, the former archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, who is known for his exorcism and healing ceremonies, announced that he would disregard the 17 July request of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to avoid excommunication.
The document, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, asked Milingo "to be separated from Maria Sung," the 43-year-old Korean acupuncturist whom he married in a mass wedding led by Moon.
The document also asked Milingo to break all relations with the "Family Federation for World Peace and Unification" sect, and to "publicly declare fidelity to the doctrine and ecclesiastical discipline of celibacy and to manifest his obedience to the Supreme Pontiff by a clear and unequivocal act."
Milingo has until 20 August to comply, or face excommunication.
At the press session, organised by the American Clergy Leadership Conference, which is part of Moon's movement, Milingo, who was seated next to Maria Sung, said: "I want to remain in the Catholic Church and be accepted as a married archbishop."
Milingo added that if he were excommunicated, he would not ordain priests or bishops.
Vatican issues ultimatum to married archbishop
Archbishop Emamanuel Milingo
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification