Thursday, May 28, 2009

Father Oprah: C'mon on Down!

The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of SE Florida just grew by two people this afternoon. Roman Catholic priest Father Alberto Cutie (pronounced koo-tee-'AY) and his girlfriend, Ruhama Buni Canellis, kneeled before Bishop Leo Frade and were received into the Episcopal Church. +Leo gave Cutie a special lay minister designation, giving him the privilege to preach, but not celebrate the eucharist. Cutie will have to undergo a year-long process before he can be licensed as an Episcopal priest.

Cutie had a falling out with the Roman Catholic Church when a Spanish-language magazine published photographs of him making out with Canellis. It caused a scandal for the popular priest, who earned the nickname "Father Oprah" for his charisma on Spanish-language television, and cost him a parish job. While Cutie doesn't bash the church for requiring celibacy of priests, he acknowledged that celibacy wasn't for him. As he told the Spanish-language media about his love for Canellis:

"There is no crime here. [Is there] guilt? Do I feel bad or horrible? No! I am a man. Under this cassock there are pants."

Cutie indicated he'd like to marry his girlfriend.


Anonymous said...

And love marchs on! So he and she will marry and today the Marriage bill in NH has been made OK so the Gov will probably sign it. And the large NH House will pass it and ooncur with the Senate.


SCG said...

Anyone stopping in earlier might have seen the lengthy comment posted by "Anonymous" with a dissertation on the state of our economy and the hording of wealth in the hands of the few. While I see the point, it is out of place here.
Please, anonymous. Stick to the subject of the post. I don't think Fr. Cutie is money-grubbing man of wealth out to keep the rest of us down!