Priest who broke celibacy vow joins Episcopal Church

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(CNN)  -- Father Alberto Cutie, an internationally known Catholic priest who admitted having a romantic affair and breaking his vow of celibacy, is joining the Episcopal Church to be with the woman he loves, he said Thursday.
"Cutie" rhymes with the Latin quotidie.
 

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Good that he didn't want to start today by going into a new family in our Church.
 

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Wonder if this will affect relations between the Catholic and the Episcopal Churches. 

Interesting that this should happen after the Episcopal Church ousts 61 clergy.
 

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Don't forget the accent on the "e"

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People in the Hispanic community that he served pretty much knew he was looking into the Episcopal Church. He even alluded to it during an interview. The lady he is courting is Latin American of Greek descent. Nothing novel.
 

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monkvasyl said:
Wonder if this will affect relations between the Catholic and the Episcopal Churches. 
How would it?  A number of Episcopalian priests have gone to the RCC and many were reordained and are now priests there.  :-\  There have been RCs who have come to the Anglicans in the past as well. 

Interesting that this should happen after the Episcopal Church ousts 61 clergy.
How so?  I doubt that there is any connection between the two instances and the case of the Diocese of San Joaquin is complicated. It is about a split where some parishes and the bishop leaving the Episcopal Church while other parishes remained. 

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He'll fit right in with that lot where there are no standards.  Do what you want if it feels good.  The RCs are better off without him.
 

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I think he needs prayers more than criticism. What he did came out into the light and now he has to deal with it. In one of his last interviews, I sensed inner turmoil. Indeed, this man did seem afflicted. He was/is really loved by many people in the Hispanic community. I hope and pray that he once again, finds that inner peace that he so desperately needs.
 

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STATEMENT
from John C. Favalora, Archbishop of Miami, about Father Alberto Cutié's separation from the Roman Catholic Church.

Miami • May 28, 2009

I am genuinely disappointed by the announcement made earlier this afternoon by Father Alberto Cutié that he is joining the Episcopal Church.

According to our canon law, with this very act Father Cutié is separating himself from the communion of the Roman Catholic Church (c. 1364, §1) by professing erroneous faith and morals, and refusing submission to the Holy Father (canon 751).  He also is irregular for the exercise of sacred orders as a priest (canons 1041 and 1044, §1) and no longer has the faculties of the Archdiocese of Miami to celebrate the sacraments; nor may he preach or teach on Catholic faith and morals (cannon 1336, §1).  His actions could lead to his dismissal from the clerical state.

This means that Father Cutié is removing himself from full communion with the Catholic Church and thereby forfeiting his rights as a cleric.  Roman Catholics should not request the sacraments from Father Cuité.  Any sacramental actions he attempts to perform would be illicit.  Any Mass he says would be valid but illicit, meaning it does not meet a Catholic’s obligation.  Father Cutié cannot validly officiate at marriages of Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Miami or anywhere.

Father Cutié is still bound by his promise to live a celibate life, which he freely embraced at ordination.  Only the Holy Father can release him from that obligation.

To the Catholic faithful of Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Radio Paz and the entire Archdiocese of Miami, I again say that Father Cutié’s actions cannot be justified, despite his good works as a priest (statement of May 5, 2009).  This is all the more true in light of today’s announcement.  Father Cutié may have abandoned the Catholic Church; he may have abandoned you.  But I tell you that the Catholic Church will never abandon you; the Archdiocese of Miami is here for you.

Father Cutié’s actions have caused grave scandal within the Catholic Church, harmed the Archdiocese of Miami − especially our priests – and led to division within the ecumenical community and the community at large.  Today’s announcement only deepens those wounds.

When Father Cutié met with me on May 5th, he requested and I granted a leave of absence from the exercise of the priesthood.  Because of this, he could no longer be the administrator of St Francis de Sales Parish or the General Director of Radio Paz.  For the good of the Church and to avoid the media frenzy, I chose not to impose publicly an ecclesiastical penalty, although his admitted actions clearly warranted it.  Since that meeting, I have not heard from Father Cutié nor has he requested to meet with me.  He has never told me that he was considering joining the Episcopal Church.

I must also express my sincere disappointment with how Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has handled this situation.  Bishop Frade has never spoken to me about his position on this delicate matter or what actions he was contemplating.  I have only heard from him through the local media.  This truly is a serious setback for ecumenical relations and cooperation between us.  The Archdiocese of Miami has never made a public display when for doctrinal reasons Episcopal priests have joined the Catholic Church and sought ordination.  In fact, to do so would violate the principles of the Catholic Church governing ecumenical relations.  I regret that Bishop Frade has not afforded me or the Catholic community the same courtesy and respect.

In my nearly 50 years as a priest, I have often preached on Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son – which really should be called the parable of the Forgiving Father (Luke 15, 11-32).  Perhaps the story told by the Lord so long ago is applicable to our discussions this afternoon.

A father had two sons.  One of them took his inheritance early and left home, spending his money wantonly.  The father waited patiently for the return of his prodigal son, who after he had seen the error of his ways, repented and returned home.  Upon his return, the father lovingly embraced him and called him his son.  I pray that Father Cutié will “come to his senses” (Luke 15, 17) and return home.  The Catholic Church seeks the conversion and salvation of sinners, not their condemnation.  The same is my attitude toward Father Cutié.

We must not forget, however, that there were two sons in the Lord’s story.  The other son, who never left home, was angry that his erring brother was welcomed home by the father.  To all faithful Catholics, I say what the father said to this second son:  “You are with me always and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and rejoice.  This brother of yours was dead and has come back to life.  He was lost, and is found” (Luke 15, 31-32).

In this beautiful parable Jesus teaches us that God is a loving and forgiving Father.  Each of us has experienced that love, each of us needs that forgiveness; for we are all sinners.  If our brother comes home, let us celebrate with the Father.

In conclusion, I commend and salute the priests of the Archdiocese of Miami and all priests who faithfully live and fulfill their promise of celibacy.  By their fidelity to their promise they reflect more clearly to the world the Christ whose total gift of himself to the Father was pure and chaste love for his brothers and sisters.  In our times so pre-occupied with sex, the gift of celibacy is all the more a sign of the Kingdom of Heaven where, as scripture says, there will be “no marrying or giving in marriage” (Matthew 22, 30).  I encourage all Catholics to pray for and support our dedicated priests.

Most Reverend John C. Favalora
Archbishop of Miami

http://www.miamiarchdiocese.org/ip.asp?op=H1000090528ACE
 

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sohma_hatori said:
Was his affair with the woman the ONLY reason why he left the Roman Catholic Church?

Lord have Mercy!
It's how it appears. He said so himself, I want to be a family man. He also didn't deny being in love. His fiancé is a divorced mother of two.

 

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scamandrius said:
He'll fit right in with that lot where there are no standards.  Do what you want if it feels good.  The RCs are better off without him.
"that lot" being the Episcopal  Church?  :-\  We do have standards but that does make the news stories much. 

Sigh.
 

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Ebor said:
monkvasyl said:
Wonder if this will affect relations between the Catholic and the Episcopal Churches. 
How would it?  A number of Episcopalian priests have gone to the RCC and many were reordained and are now priests there.   :-\  There have been RCs who have come to the Anglicans in the past as well. 

Interesting that this should happen after the Episcopal Church ousts 61 clergy.
How so?  I doubt that there is any connection between the two instances and the case of the Diocese of San Joaquin is complicated. It is about a split where some parishes and the bishop leaving the Episcopal Church while other parishes remained.   

Ebor
Well, I just saw the connection with those ousted, as they where trying to remain "orthodox" in their practice, and here on the other coast they accept a priest who has broken his vows.  I personally would have problem accepting a priest like that, since he, in my opinion, isn't trustworthy.

Yea, the Catholics have received Anglicans into the Church and for that matter so have we as Orthodox.  It just reopens a sore with me.  I was visiting a Ukrainian Catholic priest when Boston was making its first female bishop, Barbara Harris.  At the end of the ceremony, the Episcopal priest, who was doing the commentary, spoke to us watching on TV.  He said that all Catholics and Orthodox, who felt it was right to make female clergy should come to them.  "We have done it and you have a home with us."  Now if the statement by the archbishop doesn't raise a few eyebrows in the Episcopal Church nothing will.  Personally, I just can't understand either the Orthodox or Catholics having any dialogue with the Episcopal Church, as they have removed themselves so much from the tradition of the Church.  When a church starts caterring to the whims of its people and ignoring the message of the Gospel and the living Tradition of the Church, there's no room for dialogue.
 

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monkvasyl said:
Well, I just saw the connection with those ousted[.]
They weren't ousted; they quit, along with their bishop, in a move that should be familiar to the Orthodox.
 

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ChristusDominus said:
Don't forget the accent on the "e"

Cutié

People in the Hispanic community that he served pretty much knew he was looking into the Episcopal Church. He even alluded to it during an interview. The lady he is courting is Latin American of Greek descent. Nothing novel.

Interesting, and telling, then that he went Episcopalian and not Orthodox.
 

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Just saw this:  http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles_of_faith/2009/05/cutie.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed4

Some of the comments below the article are rather telling from an Episcopal point of view:

"At Episcopal Cafe, Jim Naughton has some misgivings:

"Anybody else have mixed feelings about this? One can oppose mandatory priestly celibacy and still feel uneasy about the Rev. Cutié jumping so quickly and publicly to new ministry in a new church after being caught in the act of breaking his ordination vows. No?"

And Rod Dreher, at Beliefnet, also is uneasy:

"That his new bishop received him without the catechumen period, and not only that but has scheduled him to preach at the cathedral on Sunday, reflects poorly not only on Cutié, but on the Episcopal bishop. Showboaters."
 

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lubeltri said:
sohma_hatori said:
Was his affair with the woman the ONLY reason why he left the Roman Catholic Church?
Who are you talking about? Fr. Cutie or King Henry VIII?
I think it was meant for the present day priest, tho both left for the same reason, sort of.
 
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