Holiness John Paul II
Palace, Vatican City
appreciate the efforts you made in attempting to contact me in New York
on the 25th-26th of May, just before the interfaith
marriage blessing. I know that the action I have taken is both surprising
and difficult to understand, but I assure you that I am acting out of
my deepest faith in Jesus, and my undying love for the Catholic Church.
I pray for your understanding and assistance as I seek to find the path
of reconciliation and unity with the church that I love. Please be assured
of the following:
charge that I have been brainwashed, controlled, or possessed by the
very devils I have fought is pure rubbish. Such silly accusations are
intended to accomplish two things: to discredit me (and the ministry
God has given me), and to avoid the issues and questions I am raising.
Since 1973, when God called me to fulfill the very command our Lord
gave to his apostles in Luke 9:1-2, I have been criticized, scandalized,
investigated, exiled, and made a stranger and a fool in my own mother
church. The phenomena that occur when I say mass (phenomena which I
did not seek and cannot explain) have led to my being boycotted and
banned. Any priests who concelebrated with me have been punished. Meanwhile
God has remained with me, the people continue to cry out, and the church
has me bound, gagged, and on the shelf. Shall I be silent? Must I abandon
God's call and go home to my village? It is ironic that after years
of trying to stifle and hide me away, such as to make me useless to
the church, I am now of such great concern.
decision to marry is not, as some have implied, due to concupiscence.
At 71 years of age, as I am, the sexual stimulus is at its lowest ebb.
It is wrong to compare me, as the media has, to clerics who have raped,
or impregnated, or simply fallen in love. I am marrying for God, moved
by the deepest desire to bring purity and honesty to the faith by addressing
the grave moral sins that have wounded and weakened the Catholic clergy.
If there is any way that Rev. Moon has influenced me, it is in helping
me to see the holy and salvific role of marriage and family, and its
necessity for healing society. Now some 80% of the cases before the
tribunal in Rome have to do with broken families. I can do much good
for the church by bringing this ministry to the fore. For this reason
alone, I acted not in darkness or secrecy, but in the open, in front
of God and humanity. Sexuality and spirituality, divorced for so long
in church tradition, must be reconciled. My vow of fidelity to my wife
in front of God is not a step down from celibacy, it is
a step higher.
- I have
done nothing to negate my communion with the church or its bishops.
My vow of celibacy is as yet intact, and will remain so as I observe
40 days of purification and offering before the consummation of marriage.
My partner and I are reliving the state of Adam and Eve, as brother
and sister, dedicating our union to God's work and glory, and she
is in fact learning the ways of my faith. We are at the same time expiating
our own personal past sin in the same line. I pray the rosary each day
for the Holy Father, and continue to experience the presence of Jesus
Christ in the Eucharist. Considering the canonical issues of the marriage,
the symbols of wine, water and vows we shared are not unlike traditional
weddings all over the world, which can later be sacramentized by the
church, as my parents' wedding was. I am hopeful to find a way
to strengthen, not diminish the church; to renew and empower, not embarrass
light of these facts, I am determined to find the way, if at all possible,
to work within the confines of the Catholic Church. I have two requests
of your Holiness:
- To delegate His Eminence Cardinal Egan, or
the Vatican Representative at United Nations to rectify the marriage
situation according to Catholic Rite, and release me from celibacy.
Although it is my personal conviction, during those 40 days, that I
am much more put to trial on this issue.
am receiving many invitations from major Christian churches and organizations,
which honor my position in the church. I am received as a leading Catholic
Archbishop, who is walking a path, both biblical and inevitable. Both
the World Bishops' Council and CORPUS, the organization of married
ex-priests and nuns have reached out to me. I am invited to speak in
several of the largest African-American churches in the United States.
It seems to me that I can be helpful in such a position.
I want to do all I can for ex-priests and ex-bishops, to lead a dignified
life, reconciled to the Catholic Church. I pray to find a way that I can
move again in the Catholic circles, and still represent the Holy Church
as a Catholic Archbishop.
seek now what has been denied me for some time: an audience with your
Holiness. I am seeking that "Sanatio Matrimonii" may be done
before consummation, which should heal every canonical aspect.
he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority
over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to
preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick."