Thursday, December 21, 2006

Married Priests Now Organization - The Moon Connection

While the goals of the MPN movement, spearheaded by Archbishop Milingo, are laudable, many of us continue to be troubled by the Archbishop's connecton to Rev. Moon and the Moon Orgaization. T.S. Eliot, in Murder in the Cathedral, writes that 'it is by far the worst treason to do the right thing for the wrong reason.'

A careful observer of the Moon Organization writes as follows -

"When I first saw Part II of the Married Priests Now Dec 9 video (at, which contains a marriage blessing for priests and their wives, it would not play for me. It did today and yes, it is the Moon marriage blessing ritual - 100% rooted in Moon's Unification Church and its rites. Beyond the blessing and the holy wine ceremony, which are key Moon rituals - the video is telling because, about three fourths of the way through part two, Archbishop Milingo reads from a book that has the symbol of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification(FFWPU) and the symbol of the Unification Church on the cover. Milingo's stole also has Unification Church symbols on it. MPN claims that it is not promoting Moon's ideology and that Moon has nothing to do with MPN other than providing it with some cash, but the use of Unification Church rituals and symbols suggests otherwise.

"This is all very troubling, as a good cause may be coopted by Rev. Moon's cash, and the naivete of the men who have turned to Archbishop Milingo in genuine hope that he is the harbinger of much needed reform."

This is something we must all watch very carefully.

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