A Vatican official briefing reporters said no new deadline was
set and that the Vatican expected it will take some time to resolve
Milingo had sought the papal audience to explain his reasons for
marrying and his belief that priests should be allowed to have
families. He has said that celibacy has fulfilled its purpose but is
now poisoning the priesthood.
The 71-year-old archbishop was married May 27 in a group ceremony
at a New York hotel in one of Moon's mass weddings. His bride,
43-year-old Maria Sung, was selected by Moon, as is customary in
After the wedding, Milingo asked to be released from his vow of
celibacy. But the Rev. Phillip Schanker of Moon's Family Federation
for World Peace and Unification - and Milingo's own official Web
site - said Milingo consummated the marriage before hearing back
from the Vatican.
Milingo has long been at odds with the Catholic hierarchy.
He was archbishop of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, when he ran
afoul of the Vatican over his faith healing and exorcisms. He
resigned under pressure in 1983.
Milingo then was brought to Rome as a functionary in the
Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant
Peoples, but continued public healing and exorcism. Last year, he
was quietly retired from that post.