REMEMBER Fr Albert CutiÃ©? He’s the handsome priest who sent shudders through the Catholic Church in 2009 when he abandoned Catholicism and married his sweetheart, Ruhama Canellis.
Well, tomorrow CutiÃ©Â – now an Episcopalian priest – has book out, and more hand-wringing is expected from the Roman Catholic Church, for it is reported here that “parts of it offer a scorching indictment” of the Church.
The book is called Dilemma: A Priest’s Struggle with Faith and Love (Celebra; 320 pages; $25.95), and in an interview with Time magazine, CutiÃ© admits that by leading a double life as famous pastor and furtive paramour:
I not only disappointed others but also myself.
But CutiÃ©’s tell-all saves its harshest censure not for the gossip rags (which he all but thanks for outing him) but for the Catholic hierarchy’s retro hypocrisies – especially celibacy, which he claims is a vow violated by many if not most clerics (some promiscuously) as they combat the loneliness it can breed. The church, he says is:
Disconnected from the very people it was meant to serve.
And he writes that it acted more distressed by his peccadillo than by:
The truly criminal, outrageous and blatantly immoral behavior of paedophile priests.
CommentingÂ on “the fallen priest’s” defection and his book, Jimmy Akin, writing for the National Catholic Register, said:
Fr Cutie was caught on film allowing Buni Canellis to amorously wrap her legs around him and also putting his own hand down Buni Canellis’ swimsuit to fondle her behind. Both of these actions were clear violations of his moral and canonical obligations.
And he pointed out:
Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy which is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and are able to dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and humanity.
Meanwhile, we learn from this report that three British Anglican bishops who are converting to Roman Catholicism have taken holy communion at Westminster Cathedral, alongside three ex-Anglican nuns.