Vatican strips Zambian-born Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of clerical state

Vatican City – The Vatican announced Thursday the dismissal from the clerical state of a controversial Zambian-born archbishop who in 2001 broke his celibacy vow by marrying a Korean woman, and who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church in 2006 when he ordained bishops without papal consent.

The decision strips Emmanuel Milingo of the ‘rights and duties attached to the clerical state, except for the obligation of celibacy,’ the Vatican noted.

Emmanuel Milingo
While the Catholic Chuch has excommunicated Milingo for installing bishops without permission from the Vatican, most Christians are more concerned about Milingo’s lack of spiritual discerment as demonstrated by his connections to Sun Myung Moon, founder Unification Church — a religious cult. Moon’s lunacy includes claiming that he is the messiah, and was commissioned by God to finish what – in Moon’s opinion – Jesus Christ failed to accomplish.
The Roman Catholic doctrine that calls for celibacy as a requirement for priesthood has no Biblical support whatsoever.

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These included prohibition of exercising any ministry, the loss of all offices and functions and of all delegated power, as well as prohibition of the use of clerical dress and attire.

The participation of the faithful ‘in any future celebrations organized by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo is to be considered unlawful,’ the Vatican added.

Stressing that the dismissal of a bishop from the clerical state is ‘most extraordinary,’ the statement said the Vatican felt obliged to act in this way due to the ‘serious consequences’ for Church unity and discipline, posed by the repeated unlawful consecrations carried out by Milingo.

‘Nevertheless, the Church hopes that Archbishop Milingo will see the error of his ways,’ the statement said.
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Milingo, who became famous as an exorcist and faith healer, had in recent years made it his vocation to push for a married priesthood.

He maintained that only by allowing a married priesthood could the Church deal with a shortage of priests. According to some estimates there are at least 150,000 men who left the priesthood to marry and many want to return to the active clergy.

In 2001, Milingo, who once served as archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, stunned the Vatican when he disappeared and then showed up in New York, where he married Maria Sung, a 43-year-old Korean woman chosen for him by the South Korean-born evangelist Sun Myung Moon.
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Milingo later left Sung, rejoined the Church and went into seclusion for a year of “rehabilitation” in South America. He returned to Italy and moved into a secluded convent near Rome.

But in 2006, he went missing from the convent, turned up in Washington with Sung, and has been criticizing the Vatican over its celibacy rule ever since.
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Emmanuel Milingo conducts mass in Zambia

Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo yesterday conducted his first mass in Zambia since being excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church two years ago and immediately started holding healing sessions expected to last up to Wednesday.

And the 77-year-old prelate has urged priests who have been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church to join him and start serving the people.

Emmanuel Milingo
While the Catholic Chuch has excommunicated Milingo for installing bishops without permission from the Vatican, most Christians are more concerned about Milingo’s lack of spiritual discerment as demonstrated by his connections to Sun Myung Moon, founder Unification Church — a religious cult. Moon’s lunacy includes claiming that he is the messiah, and was commissioned by God to finish what – in Moon’s opinion – Jesus Christ failed to accomplish.
The Roman Catholic doctrine that calls for celibacy as a requirement for priesthood has no Biblical support whatsoever.

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Speaking to journalists after the interdenominational mass held at Masiye Lodge in Lusaka, Archbishop Milingo said priests who had been forced out of the Catholic Church should come out in the open and continue serving the Lord.

He said there were few priests hence the need for those who had been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church to come forward and serve the masses.

He said when a priest was ordained; he could never lose the powers just as was the case with a person who had been baptised.

“Whatever the Church (Catholic) has been preaching is a lie. We can’t accept this. We are not a sect as we are claiming what is ours. They abused their authority by excommunicating us.

“We are coming back, Saint Peter was married, all of them were except John the evangelist. We are not a sect but just reminding you of your duties. You can’t just sit down. The priests should not fear excommunication. It does not exist. You are priests forever” Archbishop Milingo who was accompanied by his wife Maria Sung said.

In 2001, th e former archbishop of Lusaka stunned the Vatican when he disappeared and showed up in New York. There, he married Sung, a 43-year-old Korean woman chosen for him by the controversial South Korean-born evangelist Sun Myung Moon.

Archbishop Milingo attended a mass wedding in a tuxedo and kissed his white-gowned wife for the cameras in a ceremony in a hotel.

Archbishop Milingo later left Sung, rejoined the Church and went into seclusion for a year of rehabilitation in South America before he returned to Italy and moved into a convent near Rome.

But in 2006, he again went missing from the convent, turned up in Washington with Sung, and has been criticising the Vatican over its celibacy rule ever since.

Archbishop Milingo said any excommunicated priest who attended his mass service was forgiven of whatever sins he had committed.

He said celibacy was not part of the Church but merely an appendix fused in by some people who wanted to add prestige to priesthood.

“Milingo can’t be excommunicated, they can’t face me, they can’t discuss with me. I have been speaking to Jesus and he said to me that ni va chabe chabe (It’s nonsense), look at this nonsense Jesus told me,” he said.

And Archbishop Milingo has said his marriage life is going on well.

“You have seen how at ease she was during the mass. That is why these priests should bring t heir wives. If you are not married come out and marry. Then we will approve your marriage,” he said.

The mass was attended by two Anglican priests, Catholic Apostolic National Church Bishop Luciano Mbewe and some members of the United Church of Zambia.

Archbishop Milingo blamed the many wars across the world on religious intolerance and urged the Catholic Church to reconcile with married priests.

In a sermon the former Archbishop of Lusaka said the world would only enjoy peace if people exercised religious tolerance.

He said conflicts would continue across the globe as long as religions remained apart with each wanting to convert the other to their own faith.