Magazine article The Christian Century

Vatican Ousts Rogue African Archbishop

Magazine article The Christian Century

Vatican Ousts Rogue African Archbishop

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The Vatican on September 26 announced the excommunication of African archbishop emeritus Emmanuel Milingo as a penalty for his having installed four married men as Roman Catholic bishops two days before. The four men consecrated by Milingo during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., were also excommunicated.

The Archdiocese of Washington stated that the ceremonies will not be recognized, and the Holy See press office issued a release citing church law that regards the naming of bishops without papal approval as a schismatic act that results in a self-imposed excommunication for those taking part in the consecration.

Prior to this episode, the 76-year-old Milingo had had several other runins with the Vatican. In 1982 he resigned as head of the archdiocese of Lusaka, Zambia, after the Vatican opposed his endorsement of faith healing and exorcism. In 2001 he scandalized the Vatican by marrying Maria Sung, an acupuncturist from South Korea, in a ceremony conducted by the Unification Church and arranged by Sun Myung Moon. The rebel cleric avoided excommunication in that instance by renouncing the union following a personal appeal from John Paul II.

Returning to the fold, Milingo was assigned to a convent on the outskirts of Rome. …

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