Moonie archbishop sent excomunication warning

 The Vatican has warned the Zambian archbishop who got married in a World Unification Church mass wedding, that he could be excommunicated. A statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratsinger and Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, said that Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of Lusaka had, by taking part in the ceremony, "failed in communion with the Successor of Peter and the College of Bishops." It said that: 'having verified the impossibility of communicating with Archbishop Milingo in order to invite him to reflect on the grave consequences of his conduct and actions, to make amends for the scandal given, and to reform,' the Congregation was giving the archbishop the following public canonical admonition, under Canon 1347-1 of the Code of Canon Law. He was advised to separate from Maria Sung and to sever all links with the sect, Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. He was also asked to: 'declare publicly fidelity to the doctrine and ecclesiastical discipline of celibacy, and to manifest his obedience to the Supreme Pontiff by a clear and unequivocal act.' The statement said: 'Should Archbishop Milingo not formally act by August 20, 2001, to fulfil what is hereby required of him, excommunication reserved to the Holy See will be imposed. 'The Church, obliged as she is to proceed to this painful action for the good of the faithful, does not cease to pray to the Lord, the Good Shepherd, for the desired return of the Archbishop to the embrace of the Church and the common Father.' source: Vatican press office

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