Saturday, January 12, 2008

Over-the-wall Archbishop Sighting

Thanks to Spirit Daily, the following CNS news story is pointed out to us.

Italian priest denies Communion to excommunicated Archbishop Milingo
ROME (CNS) -- At the start of a visit to Italy, excommunicated Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo was denied Communion when he attended a Mass at a local parish church near Naples. The former Zambian archbishop and his wife, Maria Sung, attended an early evening Mass at a local church in Pompeii Jan. 10, one day after his arrival in Italy from South Korea. When the archbishop approached the celebrant -- Father Francesco Soprano -- he refused the Eucharist to the archbishop, who then reportedly blessed the celebrant and lightly touched his head, according to Italian media reports. Archbishop Milingo, who was married in a Unification church ceremony in 2001, was excommunicated by the Vatican in 2006 for illicitly ordaining married men. While he is excommunicated, the archbishop cannot receive the Eucharist or any sacrament of the church. The 77-year-old former archbishop of Lusaka was to be in Italy Jan. 9-27 to promote a new book, meet with supporters of his U.S.-based Married Priests Now! movement, and attend to various medical visits.

I would like the following comments:
First, Maria Sung is not his wife. Unless, granted a rescript of laicization a cleric cannot enter a valid marriage. The Looney Tool of the Moonies has not been laicized, hence Maria Sung is his concubine. Calling her his wife only serves to legitimize this nut-job.
Second, major kudos to Fr. Soprano! (It would be cool if his given name were Antonio.) Would that we had more priests with his integrity regarding the Sacrament. (I have a dream of Teddy Kennedy coming up in the Communion Procession....)
Finally, if the Tool had tried to bless me, I would have decked him. Fr. Soprano is obviously much holier than I am.
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