Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Archbishop Milingo Excommunicated (automatically)

From the Guardian:

Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the Zambian prelate who already had angered the Vatican by getting married in 2001, has been excommunicated for again defying the Holy See by installing four married men as bishops, the Vatican said Tuesday.

The Vatican said Milingo, 76, was ``automatically excommunicated'' under church law for the ordination of the men a few days earlier. The Archdiocese of Washington said Sunday that the installations were not valid.

Milingo is in ``a condition of irregularity and of progressive, open break with communion with the Church,'' the Vatican said in a statement.