This personal letter is one of several communications that
Archbishop Milingo sent to the Vatican during the last 40
days. They were sent by mail (to the Holy Father's office
directly), by fax (via the Secretariat of State & the
Press Office), and through personal delivery by the Archbishop's
staff and friends in Rome. No reply has been received to
any of the communications, despite the furnishing of fax
numbers, phone numbers, and a mailing address as well. In
the meantime, His Grace's supporters have been treated severely,
and cut off from all contact with him. All attempts by the
Archbishop to encourage and assist his former congregations,
or respond to their concerns, have been blocked or impeded
with threat of sanction. All efforts to seek an audience
with the Holy Father have been ignored.
Now, the Vatican has issued a public ultimatum, despite
the assurance of spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls to communicate
privately to Archbishop Milingo first (ZENIT, May 28, 2001),
claiming that they do not know how to reach him. Clearly,
they continue to use the media to discredit and misrepresent
the Archbishop, as well as seek public support for their
position. Monsignor Milingo cannot even be sure that the
Holy Father is aware of his letters.
For this reason only, His Grace has asked that this private
letter, greeted with silence by the Vatican, be made public.
With apologies to the Holy Father, he conveys this letter
to you. He will be available for interviews after his return
to the United States later this week from Korea, where he
is visiting his wife's family and making preparations for
their future life together.