VATICAN CITY - Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who shocked the
Vatican by marrying a woman chosen by the Rev Sun Myung Moon, has
written to Pope John Paul renouncing his life with his Korean wife
and returning to the Catholic Church.
In a letter sent to the Pope last week but released by the
Vatican yesterday, Milingo, aged 71, said he had turned his back on
Moon's Unification Church, satisfying three conditions set by the
Vatican for the African prelate to avoid excommunication.
"I now rededicate my life to the Catholic Church with all my
heart, I renounce my life together with wife Maria Sung and my
dealings with the Rev Moon and his Family Federation for World
Peace," read the letter, dated August 11.
Sung accused the Vatican of holding the controversial
Zambian-born cleric a prisoner and branded as "false" the letter in
which he renounced her.
"I am convinced he is a prisoner," said Sung, who married Milingo
at a mass wedding organised by Moon in May and says she could be
pregnant with the prelate's child.
"I have tried to move the consciences of people who are holding
him. Now I think it is time to go to the police," she told a news
conference in Rome.
Last week Milingo turned up in Rome unexpectedly in an apparent
attempt to make amends with the Vatican which had threatened to
excommunicate him. He has not been seen in public since last
Sung, 43, arrived after her husband and has demanded to see him.
She has gone on hunger strike and says she will not eat again until
she either sees him or dies.
Sung said if Milingo did tell her he was leaving, she would
continue a hunger strike "to the death and my spirit will remain
Asked about the effect of a fast on any possible baby, Sung said
Milingo was her priority and that "my health and any other situation
are secondary to that".
A Baptist minister in the group following Sung added: "The
Archbishop's silence leads us to believe that his human rights are
The Vatican has said Milingo is on retreat for a "period of
reflection and prayer".
The faith healer and exorcist said last week that he was torn
between his wife, the Pope and his respect for Moon.