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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Vatican to discuss Milingo and priestly celibacy
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 Pope Benedict has called a high-level meeting at the Vatican tomorrow to examine the effects of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo's disobedience and to discuss priestly celibacy. In a press statement on Monday, the Vatican press office said that the meeting of cardinals and archbishops seeks "to examine that situation that has been created following Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo's disobedience." The meeting will also reflect "upon requests for dispensation from the obligation of celibacy and requests for readmission to the priestly ministry, presented by married priests over the course of recent years." No other matters are scheduled on the order of the day. Milingo, 76, the retired archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, who married a Korean woman in a Moonie ceremony in May 2001, and ordained four bishops on September 24 without papal approval, incurring an automatic excommunication. According to a Vatican communiqué issued September 26, "the Church does not recognize and does not intend to recognize in the future these ordinations or any ordinations derived from them, and considers that the canonical state of the four alleged bishops is the same as it was before the ordination." Source: VIS
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