I've had a few comments that I've been "scooped" on Bishop Milingo. Now how could I be "scooped" when I'm not a reporter? I guess the confusion is natural since what I write is true and real.
But to get back to the matter at hand in the strange and illuminating case of Bishop Milingo. The reason this whole unpleasantness came up arose from a discussion about the SSPX and how it was disciplined by Rome. Our contention was that liberals are allowed freedom to spew their error and heresy without correction while Traditionalists are smacked down immediately.
"Give us an example" the comboxes screamed.
Well Bishop Milingo fell right into my lap. (my apologies to Maria Sung) A few years ago he married during a Moonie religious service. After several months he repudiated the marriage and was back in the good graces of all. Forgive and forget. Then last Spring he disappeared from Rome. He resurfaced this past July at a Washington press conference calling for married priests, vowing to reunite with his "wife" and proposing to start a new movement of married Roman Catholic Clergy. His statements promoted "concern" from the Vatican but no official action.
Until this letter, detailed in this story:
"Your behavior, activities and public statements during these past few months are completely contrary to the obligation of every bishop," Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re wrote in a letter to Milingo that the archbishop showed The Associated Press. "In the name of Jesus Christ, I beg you to reflect seriously on your behavior and all its consequences."
Bishop Milingo was unrepentant and defiant and sponsored a "Married Priests Now" weekend in New Jersey. Details of his organization and the weekend are on his yahoogroups website.
The very latest and the scoop is that this past weekend, September 23rd to be exact, Bishop Milingo "installed" four Bishops, all married. The similarities to the SSPX are unbelievable. Well, except for one tiny thing.
Anyone remember Eccesia Dei Afflicta?
On June 30, 1988 Archbishop Lefevre installed four Bishops.
On July 1, 1988 Archbishop Lefevre as warned by the Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops that he could be excommunicated under Canon 1382.
On July 2, 1988 the document from Pope John Paul II was delivered to Archbishop Lefevre.
So by my calculations the warning should have been issued yesterday the 24th and the document of excommunication should be delivered today.