Local Church backs married archbishop's dismissal (S. Korea)

Local Church backs married archbishop’s dismissal

SEOUL: The Korean Catholic Church has backed the Vatican’s decision to dismiss excommunicated Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo from the priesthood.

In its Dec. 17 communique, the Vatican said the former archbishop from Zambia had committed “new crimes against the unity of Holy Church,” specifically that he had ordained bishops without a papal mandate.

“Archbishop Milingo has … made some faithful confused and misled them in understanding Church doctrine. His dismissal was necessary and proper,” said Father John Bosco Byeon Seung-sik, undersecretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK).

Milingo initially fell foul of Church authorities in 2001 when he wedded Korean acupuncturist Maria Sung in a ceremony arranged by Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church.

The Vatican excommunicated him in 2006. In its Dec. 17 dismissal notice, the Vatican said he had not shown any repentance and had continued to ordain bishops.

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