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Archbishop Milingo's book confesses on Moon marriage

72 year old Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who shocked the Church last year by marrying in Rev Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, says he may have been brainwashed.

Advance copies of Milingo's book Fished out of the Mud have been made available ahead of publication this week.

Milingo disappeared from the Vatican in early 2001 to marry Maria Sung, a 43-year-old Korean woman whom Moon, the controversial South Korean-born evangelist, chose for him. The archbishop shocked the Vatican by attending the mass wedding in a tuxedo and kissing his white-gowned wife for the cameras in a ceremony in a New York hotel.

"Maybe I was the object of a type of brainwashing," he says in the 160-page book published by the Edizioni Paolini.

Milingo, a Zambian faith healer, wrote the book with Italian journalist Michele Zanzucchi from the pampas of Argentina, where he has been living in isolation ahead of a planned return next month to Italy, where he has a big following.

"I didn't realise what I was getting myself into. I only understood later that it (the wedding) was a way of them getting total control over me," he said.

He refuses to reveal if he consummated the marriage.

The Vatican, which never recognised the marriage, threatened Milingo with excommunication. He left Sung, rejoined the Church and went into seclusion a year ago.

"I was naive to think that I could still keep my membership in the Roman Catholic Church. On the other hand the reality was different. With that act (the wedding) I became one of them," he said. "It was all so strange. It was like a strange dream."

Archbishop Milingo returning to Rome in October (29/8/02)
Archbishop Milingo expected to return to full ministry (4/6/02)
Protest at Vatican against disappearance of married archbishop (21/8/02)
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9 Sep 2002