It looks as if Archbishop Milingo simply won’t go gently into that good night. The Movement for Married Priests (let’s call it MMP for short), founded by the excommunicated Abp. Emmanuel Milingo, is picking up some popularity in the largest growth area for Catholicism, Africa. The Zambia Chapter of the MMP has held a rally in which it calls for all priests, who are secretly married, to come out of the closet and renounce priestly celibacy. Apparently there is a huge DaVinci-esque plot by the Catholic Church to conceal the marital status of her priests and even more heinously practicing priestly conscription!
Though one will not hear a great deal about married Roman Catholic priests the truth is that they do exist. Some estimates place their number at around 20 per cent of all Roman Catholic priests in the world. This would mean that 20 per cent of all Roman Catholic priests are officially and legally married, even though celibacy continues to be a requirement.
Wow, I wonder how many of those “20 per cent” are priests who converted from other religions that do permit marriage? To be honest, I don’t envy those priests who are “validly” married. The conflicts they must suffer and the double weight of their crosses must be incredible.
No doubt, the next papal conclave to elect a new pope (many years from now I pray) will have the media, quack factions and emotionally sensitive theorists postulating on priestly celibacy, female priests (which the Holy Father CANNOT change) and maybe even drive thru service for Communion.
Back to the MMP (yes, “quack faction”). I particularly like this quote;
“Excommunicating Milingo was the biggest mistake Vatican made because they have made him more stronger, this can only be compared to what happened when they expelled Martin Luther King in 1520. They elevated Martin Luther to be the founder of the Protestant movement. Vatican has given Milingo power to establish a new version of the Catholic Church.” Father Mbewe charged.
I wonder if the good Fr Mbewe was aware that Milingo and his cohorts (the guys he ordained) excommunicated themselves latae sententiae under 1983 CIC 1382?
Sancta Dei Genitrix, ora pro nobis.
By Extra Frate