ROME (Reuters) - Emmanuel Milingo, the Roman
Catholic archbishop who angered the Pope by marrying a woman chosen
for him by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, has said he felt alone but
would not get married if he could go back in time.
Milingo, a controversial faith healer and exorcist, was speaking
in a newspaper interview on Saturday, a day after he announced he
was returning to the Roman Catholic Church and loved his wife only
as a sister.
"For 30 years I have always worked with the sick and the needy
amid many difficulties. At times I have been described as a wizard
and a superstitious man. I felt alone," the Zambian prelate told
Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
"Then, I was slowly approached by (Moon's) Unification Church,
which preaches true love through marriage, and I went with them.
"But then I understood I had committed a very grave mistake, I
repented and I asked the Holy Father to return to the (Roman
Catholic) Church," he said.
Milingo, 71, who was threatened with excommunication after he
married Maria Sung at a mass wedding in May, said he would not get
married if he could go back in time.
"It would not be possible to repeat those mistakes," he told the
The prelate's marriage was the latest in a string of
embarrassments he has caused the Vatican over what some Church
authorities consider his unorthodox methods.
Milingo said on Italian television on Friday he had decided to
return to the Church's fold and had been moved by Pope John Paul's
call to "come back to the Catholic Church."
Sung, a 43-year-old South Korean, who has been on a hunger strike
for 11 days in a bid to meet Milingo face-to-face, has said she
still hoped to see Milingo alone and still believed he would not
walk away from their marriage.
Earlier this month, some two months after his marriage, Milingo
unexpectedly turned up in Rome to mend bridges then vanished for
what the Vatican called "a period of reflection and prayer."
Unification Church members said diplomatic negotiations with the
Vatican for the couple to meet had stalled because Sung insisted on
a private meeting and that she would not accept a list of conditions
apparently set by Milingo.
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