The Post (Zambia), Dec. 19, 2002
I never disappointed God by marrying Maria Sung, said Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo yesterday.
In an interview with Ben Kangwa on Zambia National Broadcasting Corperation (ZNBC) Face to Face programme last evening, Archbishop Milingo, 72, said although he could have disappointed many people he never did with God.
He said he was happy that God and John Pope Paul II had accepted him back to the Catholic Church after renouncing his marriage with South Korean doctor Maria Sung. He said God was loving and never abandoned his people under whatever circumstances.
“As long you live God is there for you, waiting for you to look back,” Archbishop Milingo said. “The love of God will never, never abandon someone.” However, Archbishop Milingo expressed gratitude that people continued praying for him so that he could return to the Catholic Church. Archbishop Milingo said when he met the Pope he was preparing for his defence but the Holy father never brought up the issue of Maria Sung and returned to the Church as a prodigal son.
He said he would have returned to the Catholic Church though the procedure he intended to use was going to take much longer. “I would have taken a longer procedure trying to reflect but I was impressed with the attitude the Holy father had towards me,” he said.
Archbishop Milingo said the people, especially in Lusaka and Chipata where he conducted mass during his two weeks visit to Zambia, had willingly accepted him back to the Church. He said he could not continue ‘cohabiting’ with Sung because his marriage to God was a true one. Archbishop Milingo said he had never considered his association with Maria Sung to be a marriage.
He wished that Maria would come to her senses and realise that she had married a wrong man and that issue was over. Archbishop Milingo said behind his coming back to the Catholic Church there was a lot of sacrifices and a lot prayers to God. Archbishop Milingo, who kept reminding Kangwa that there was no need of discussing the past because it was over, said God had called him to preach the Gospel. The Archbishop also accused Kangwa of being stubborn for consistently asking about his relationship with Maria which he said was over. He said when the Rev. Moon of the Unification church offered him a place where he could preach his healing faith, he was given a condition of marrying which he agreed. Archbishop Milingo said the Catholic Church had nothing against the Unification church.
“We do not point fingers to the Moonies, we don’t want to quarrel with the Moonies and we shall not quarrel,” he said. Archbishop Milingo, who is leaving this morning for Rome, also denied any association with a splinter group from the Catholic Church which was allegedly sponsored by the Unification church.
And after the recording programme, Archbishop Milingo also disclosed that he had abandoned the hospital project in Ngwerere saying it was becoming more expensive with unjustified demands for its construction. Archbishop Milingo said the hospital project just after Chilanga in Lusaka had, however, been completed and was operationa.