The UPF and the “Third Vatican Council”

From the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation:

Ex-communicated Catholic Archbishop, Emmanuel Milingo says the Movement for Married Priests is in the process of establishing the third Vatican Council to shape the future of the renewed Catholic Church.

Archbishop Milingo said the third Vatican Council will be launched in South Korea before the end of this month.

He told ZNBC news shortly before he and his wife Maria Sung left for South Korea that proposals for the foundation have already been made.

Archbishop Milingo also said the movement is preparing for the Universal
Peace Federation meeting.

…The Archbishop, 78, leads 150,000 married priests across the world.

Of course, the fact that the “Third Vatican Council” will be held in South Korea underlines that Rev Moon and the Unification Church will be the real guiding hand of the meeting. The UPF – which purports to bring together people of faith – has sponsored Milingo’s splinter from the Roman Catholic Church from the beginning. As the Times of Zambia reported last December:

A SPLINTER Catholic Church called the Catholic Apostolic National Church of Zambia has been launched with Archbishop-elect, Luciano Mbewe, calling for more priests to join the church and fulfill their God-given role by marrying…Archbishop Mbewe said during the ceremony held at Peace Embassy that there were moments that the priests hoped the restoration of married priests would be made possible.

The “Peace Embassy” is run by the UPF.

However, the Catholic News Service claims that Milingo has lost much of his popularity:

“As archbishop (of Lusaka) he could fill a football stadium, but now he is easily able to use the conference room of the motel he is staying in to hold his healing ceremonies. That tells the story,” Father Joe Komakoma, general secretary of the Zambia Episcopal Conference, said in a June 3 telephone interview with Catholic News Service from the Zambian capital, Lusaka.While “the media is still fascinated by him,”Archbishop Milingo “is largely ignored by Zambian Catholics now that he is no longer a member of the church,” Father Komakoma said.

… Father Komakoma said there is no evidence to back Archbishop Milingo’s claims that up to 100 former priests in Zambia have joined his movement.”You would think this visit would bring them out but it hasn’t happened,” the priest said, noting that he “has spoken to at least 10 ex-priests who want nothing to do with” Archbishop Milingo.

So much for that “150,000”, then…

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One Response

  1. Milingo is playing with numbers the same way the Unification movement often does, by inflating the number of supporters to include people who showed up once for a meeting, or people who maybe signed a vague statement of support for idealistic principles put forth by the Unification movement operating under the banner of an organization with an innocuous-sounding name. Milingo may even follow Moon’s example by swelling the numbers of his support by claiming the allegiance of the dead. In any case, this shows that reporters who take Milingo at his word on this issue are probably being misled.

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