Renegade Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo -
who was married in a mass wedding conducted by the Rev. Sun
Myung Moon - is leaving his possibly pregnant bride and
returning to the Catholic Church, the Vatican said yesterday.
"I am your humble and obedient servant," Milingo wrote in a
letter to Pope John Paul II released by the Vatican.
Milingo's Korean wife, Maria Sung, blasted the Vatican's
claim, charging her husband has been drugged and held against
his will. She said she started a hunger strike to demand
The 71-year-old Zambian archbishop stunned the church when
he married Sung in the mass ceremony in New York on May 27.
Threatened with excommunication, he went to the Vatican and
met with the pontiff last week.
That was followed by meetings with church officials -
culminating in yesterday's announcement.
"I now rededicate my life to the Catholic Church with all
my heart," Milingo wrote in the letter, which was dated
Saturday but revealed yesterday.
"I renounce my life together with Maria Sung and my
dealings with Rev. Moon and his Family Federation for World
The Vatican refuses to reveal Milingo's whereabouts, saying
only that he is on a spiritual retreat.
Sung's appeals to be reunited with her husband have been
"I am convinced he is a prisoner," she said, vowing to go
to the police.
"We married before God, and if he decides it is no longer
true, I am ready to die. But I don't believe my husband will
go back on his decision," Sung said.
"If he says he wants to leave me, in his own voice, I'm
sure he's under the effect of drugs," the 43-year-old doctor
"I will continue fasting until I die and my spirit will be
She said on Monday she may be pregnant with Milingo's
"She believes the Vatican is trying to steal her husband,"
said the Rev. Philip Schanker, a spokesman for the Unification
Church experts in the U.S. said the already semi-retired
Milingo will probably be allowed to resume some limited
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