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Wednesday August 15 07:11 AM EDT

Priest Renounces 'Wife' and Rev. Moon

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In the latest twist to an ecclesiastical soap opera, the Vatican (news - web sites) released a letter today in which an African archbishop renounced his life with a South Korean woman he wed in Manhattan through the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

“I now rededicate my life to the Catholic Church with all my heart,” Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo wrote to Pope John Paul (news - web sites) II, with whom he met privately last Wednesday. “I renounce my life together with Maria Sung and my relationship with Rev. Moon.”

The Vatican, however, has not disclosed Milingo’s whereabouts, leaving the 71-year-old Zambian archbishop’s bride and officials in Moon’s Unification Church to suggest he had been kidnaped or drugged.

“If he says he wants to leave me, in his own voice, I’m sure he’s under the effect of drugs,” said Sung, the 43-year-old South Korean doctor Milingo wed on May 27 in a mass ceremony Moon conducted at the New York Hilton.

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