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‘Father Oprah’ Marries

Posted by dorian on June 17, 2009

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Father Alberto Cutie, an internationally known Catholic priest who admitted having a romantic affair and breaking his vow of celibacy, was married this week in Miami, Florida.

Father Alberto Cutie was married in Coral Gables, Florida, on Tuesday, according to court documents.

Father Alberto Cutie was married in Coral Gables, Florida, on Tuesday, according to court documents.

Father Alberto Cutie was married in Coral Gables, Florida, on Tuesday, according to court documents.

Cutie, 40, announced last month that he was leaving the Catholic Church and joining the Episcopal Church.

A judge performed the marriage ceremony Tuesday in Coral Gables, Florida, for Cutie and Ruhama B. Canellis, 35, according to Miami-Dade County court documents.

Cutie, whose name is pronounced koo-tee-AY, is a native of Puerto Rico, and Canellis was born in Guatemala.

He was received into the Episcopal Church on May 28 at Trinity Cathedral in Miami. He will pursue the priesthood in the Episcopalian faith, the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida said in a written statement. It was not immediately clear how long the process would take.

Cutie — sometimes called “Father Oprah” because of the advice he’s given on Spanish-language media — shocked some in the Catholic community when photographs of him embracing a bathing-suit-clad woman emerged last month in TV Notas magazine.

He acknowledged having carried on a two-year relationship with the woman, who at that time had not been publicly identified.

“This is something I’ve struggled with,” he told CNN in May. “I don’t support the breaking of the celibacy promise.”

Referring to his relationship with the woman, he said, “It looked like a frivolous thing on the beach, you know, and that’s not what it is. It’s something deeper than that.”

After the photographs surfaced, Cutie was removed from his duties at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Miami Beach and on the Radio Paz and Radio Peace Networks.

Cutie had been president and general director of Pax Catholic Communications, home of Radio Paz and Radio Peace. He has also written newspaper advice columns and a self-help book, “Real Life, Real Love.”

John C. Favalora, archbishop of the Catholic Church’s Miami archdiocese, said last month that Cutie’s actions have “caused a grave scandal within the Catholic Church.”

Favalora also had harsh words for the Episcopal Church’s decision to accept Cutie.

“This truly is a serious setback for ecumenical relations and cooperation between us,” he said.

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another “…grave scandal within the catholic church”.

apparently father cutie was a good priest and well-liked by the community. his work would be considered commendable and fulfilling the role of a good catholic priest. too bad he was human and was not able to repress his love for the woman he married. if he wasn’t so popular, he could have carried on having the forbidden relationship secretly, like most of the other catholic priests who break their vows of celibacy and not necessarily with adult women. the divine clergy of the catholic order, miami chapter, represented by its holy archbishop, has declared ‘tsk tsk’ and wagging the finger of shame to the accepting episcopal order of the catholic faith.

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5 Responses to “‘Father Oprah’ Marries”

  1. dorian9 said

    we haven’t had anything sacred in a while. i figure since kay is not posting the evangelical posts lately, i should have my catholic bits have their say. i thought i should give the catholic faith some exposure as well. that should make my grandmother happy. or maybe not. ouch. ear tweak from above.

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  2. SewDucky said

    I don’t think the problem is with him leaving to be married, Priests do sometimes do that (I dated one that didn’t tell me until we started to get serious he used to be a priest. Of the Catholic Church. I knew I was going to go to hell at that point). The problem was he knew the calling wasn’t for him and he still remained and broke his vow of celibacy, which is something everyone can use to say priests are bad men (which I have never met one that was like is depicted in the media. An ass, yes. Some I’ve personally disliked, but they upheld their beliefs honorably).

    Good on him for finding love and recognizing being a Priest wasn’t for him. Shame he had to lie about it and give priests another black eye.

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  3. dorian9 said

    Hello sewducky!
    will check out your latest @ http://sewducky.wordpress.com/ – it’s been a while!
    father cutie did just give the rc priesthood another black eye. i still think the vow of celibacy should be kept but just symbolically. yeah, tell that to the vatican, eh? the episcopals are the more practical catholics. i remember going to an episcopal church as a child and being very confused about the priest having a wife and children. i thought he would be going to hell for sure.

    i’m wondering whether father cutie would have left the rc priesthood if his relationship wasn’t exposed by the media. i’m thinking not.

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  4. SewDucky said

    You know I was talking to a friend of mine, who happens to be a nun, about this and her comment was along the lines of he married her to cover his tracks since leaving being a priest or a nun is sad, but it’s common enough to not cause major drama, and she (and I) believe he wouldn’t have left.

    I tend to think he got caught and was forced into doing the honorable thing and decided to get press for it too since he got mad at the church.

    Although I was raised Catholic, if I was ever going to be Christian again I’d personally join the Eastern Orthodox one. They get married, but they take their religion SERIOUSLY.

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  5. dorian9 said

    i think i know where you’re coming from. religion per se not bad, it’s the flock that gives it a bad name. if your faith is strong that will be with you anywhere you go, even if you choose not to belong to any religion. sewducky, that catholic upbringing a tough one to shake off. as they say, once a catholic always a catholic hehe..

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