The wife of a Roman Catholic archbishop
whose marriage broke his priestly vows arrived in New York
last night with "no regrets" about her ill-fated romance.
"I have no regrets about the decision and I would like to
say that we are an eternal couple, no matter what," Maria Sung
said at Kennedy Airport after her journey from Rome.
Sung, 43, and Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, 71,
shocked Rome in May when they got hitched in a mass ceremony
performed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the
The archbishop, who had been assigned to the Vatican, was
threatened with excommunication - and then disappeared Aug. 8
after meeting with the pope.
He reappeared last week on Italian television, where he
read a letter to Sung saying he was leaving her for the
church. He met with Sung last Wednesday to break off their
Sung, who went on a hunger strike during her husband's
absence, said she still considers herself the cleric's wife -
but respects his decision to return to the church.
"I believe his being separated from the Catholic Church
would have been a greater pain than being separated from me,"
Sung said through a translator.
Sung said the couple had consummated the marriage. "Yes, we
did. I can tell you for sure," she said.