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Old 05-12-2009, 12:22 PM   #1
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Yet another Catholic priest caught with...

a woman?

I don't know if anyone has heard about this, but it's pretty big news in the Spanish speaking world. Padre Alberto Cutié (not cutie, as the picture may suggest ) is the equivalent of Oprah to the Hispanic Catholic community. He even gave the keynote speech at my brother's conformation back when his television show was at its height.

He was recently caught on the beach with a woman and he has now admitted a sexual relationship. Support for him, even in the typical conservative Hispanic environment, is overwhelming. (Father Alberto Cutiť: I'm not sure what I'll do next - Cuba - MiamiHerald.com)

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Father Alberto Cutié Apologizes for Fall from Celibacy - Associated Content

Father Alberto Cutie Apologizes for Fall from Celibacy
Date: May 12, 2009

According to the article, Cutie took full responsibility in his apology for his actions. In his interview with Maggie Rodriguez of "The Early Show," Monday, May 11th, 2009 he is quoted as saying "I take full responsibility for what I did and I know it's wrong.

Cutie's repentant attitude was somewhat different than the attitude he displayed on Friday, May 8th, 2009 when he was much less contrite.

However he didn't back down from his feelings for the woman in saying "I will never say I'm sorry for loving a woman."

Cutie has apparently been wrestling with this part of the Priesthood, celibacy. As the article goes on to report he was for celibacy being an option rather than a mandate even before this scandal broke.

The woman who is the target of Cutie's affection is 35-year-old Ruhama Buni Canellis who is living in Miami Beach.

While Cutie and Canellis met about ten years ago apparently their intimate relationship didn't start until last year.

Two things that cutie admitted to were being in love and having sexual contact.

The way that things stand now is that Cutie's Bishop has relieved him of his duties and also given him time to think about what he wants to do. According to him, his girlfriend would opt for marriage; he isn't so sure that is what he wants to do.

Of course the situation has reignited the age-old argument as to whether or not Priests should be allowed to marry.

People point to the low number of young men entering the Priesthood and high incidence of amoral behavior involving young people as good reasons to ease the restriction. I agree.

However, my brother-in-law who is a priest does not agree. His position as is the position of many, many Priests is that doing the job takes 200% of available attention and energy and yes, love.
So are we any closer to ending this dumb celibacy rule? Every other holy man in the Western world is allowed to marry and have a family. Maybe once we get rid of these suppressed natural urges we can finally weed out the pedophiles and start to get our image back.

I use "our" sparingly since I'm barely a Catholic anymore.
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i'd rather have Priests having relationships with women than 10 year old boys.
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So are we any closer to ending this dumb celibacy rule? Every other holy man in the Western world is allowed to marry and have a family.
Not quite. In the Orthodox faith, priests could marry but in order to be a bishop or higher, one cannot be.

For the record, I am all for allowing priests to be married, since there is a shortage of them. And if allowing priests to marry cannot be done, then why not let women be priests to deal with the shortage?
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one thing i never got about the celibacy rule is, why wouldn't God want the holiest of men to reproduce?

but then again, i don't understand half the BS that goes with Christianity.
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Ah, I meant to put "I think" before that statement, but still, priests are allowed to marry.
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one thing i never got about the celibacy rule is, why wouldn't God want the holiest of men to reproduce?

but then again, i don't understand half the BS that goes with Christianity.
I think it had something to do with money. If a priest is married and dies, his money goes to his wife instead of the Catholic church. But it's not like the Vatican needs more money than it already has.
In any case, it can be a required prenup for all or at least some of his estate be left to the church. I think that's a simple trade off.
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one thing i never got about the celibacy rule is, why wouldn't God want the holiest of men to reproduce?
Priests were allowed to marry and have children during the first 1,000 years of Christianity. Then came all the inheritance problems over which priest's kid got the church land. That was when the law was changed.
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Woohoo! I still remember something from my Religion class in '04!
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Priests were allowed to marry and have children during the first 1,000 years of Christianity. Then came all the inheritance problems over which priest's kid got the church land. That was when the law was changed.
ah. so it never was a God thing then? ok, that clears it up. i always wondered that.
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ah. so it never was a God thing then?
Is that a real question? It's the Catholic church.

Who can be that naive to think that a grown man can live without a woman, without any other way to release the pressure and without a vasectomy? That's biologically impossible.
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Who can be that naive to think that a grown man can live without a woman, without any other way to release the pressure and without a vasectomy? That's biologically impossible.



though Jesus, all things are possible.
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Who can be that naive to think that a grown man can live without a woman, without any other way to release the pressure and without a vasectomy? That's biologically impossible.
right? i always wonder if Jesus got a lot of play, and just didn't tell anyone about it.
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Oh he's definately a cutie!
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right? i always wonder if Jesus got a lot of play, and just didn't tell anyone about it.
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