Saturday, July 31, 2010

Former Catholic priest shares events that led him to seek ordination in the Episcopal Church

Cutie's in Oklahoma-

A former Roman Catholic priest now serving in the Episcopal Church was enthusiastically embraced by members of an Oklahoma City Hispanic congregation during his recent visit.

The Rev. Alberto Cutie preached and led discussions July 22-25 at Santa Maria Virgen Episcopal Church, 5500 S Western.

At a church dinner July 22 at Imperial Banquet Hall, 4701 S Shields, Cutie spoke candidly about the controversy that swirled around him a little more than a year ago.

An international scandal erupted in May 2009 when a Mexican celebrity magazine printed pictures of the popular priest in a passionate embrace with a woman, Ruhama Canellis, on a Florida beach. Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy that prohibits them from sex and marriage.
In the scandal's aftermath, the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami removed Cutie as head of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Miami Beach, Fla., and he stepped down as president of Radio Paz and Radio Peace, Catholic 24-hour radio stations run by the archdiocese.

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