Dissident Catholic of the Year 2006
Emmanuel Milingo, excommunicated former Archbishop of Zambia.
In 2006, Milingo repaid Pope John Paul II's trust that he had reformed his scandalous ways by rejoining the woman he married in 2001 and later renounced. Furthermore, on many occasions this year, including before the National Press Club in Washington D.C., he spoke about why he wants to see the removal of priestly celibacy from the Roman Catholic church. He started his own organization called Married Priests Now! and consecrated several married men as "bishops". All of these men are members of schismatic sects of the church. The Vatican announced that by these actions Milingo and the men he named bishops formally excommunicated themselves from the Roman Catholic church.