[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/05/06/florida.priest.photos/art.tvnotas.cover.jpg caption="The photos of the Cuban-American priest appeared on the cover of this week's TV Notas magazine."]
The Catholic priest who has been removed from his posts in Florida after published photos showed him in an embrace with a woman on a beach says he's not ashamed for loving a woman.
In an interview today with the Spanish-language TV network Univision, the Rev. Alberto Cutié said, "I'm in love and she's in love with me. In addition to the way she looks, I like her faith in Jesus." He went on to say, "One doesn't plan love, it is spontaneous, I always followed the church I have had all the tools of the church friends, family, other priests, and I tried with all of my heart to be faithful to Jesus to all that God asked of me, but I failed. "
Rev. Cutié, 40, won't apologize for how he feels about the woman. "I am never going to say sorry for loving a woman. God made me a man, I am not sorry for falling in love," he said.
The photos of the priest appeared on the cover and on eight inside pages of this week's TV Notas magazine. The cover (shown above) says in Spanish: "Good God. Padre Alberto. First photos of a priest 'in flagrante' with his lover."
When this story broke earlier this week, Archbishop John C. Favalora wrote on the Miami archdiocese web site:
"Father Cutié made a promise of celibacy and all priests are expected to fulfill that promise with the help of God," Favalora said. "Father Cutie's actions cannot be condoned despite the good works he has done as a priest."
But Rev. Cutié's supporters say the Church's chastity vow is outdated. Yesterday more than 60 people gathered outside his Miami Beach church in support of him. The crowd shouted in Spanish "Celibacy no! Choice yes! 21st century" and "I admire, I respect, I pardon Father Alberto!"
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