Tonight on AC360°, a change of faith. Father Alberto Cutié, the Florida Catholic priest who admitted to an affair and breaking his vow of celibacy, is joining the Episcopal church to be with the woman he loves.
Cutié made that announcement at a news conference today with his fiancé by his side.
"I will always love and hold dear the Roman Catholic Church and all its members who are committed to their faith and have enriched my life. I have decided to become part of this new spiritual family of the Episcopal church one with in many in the umbrella of Christianity as I have been saying and writing for years instead of focusing on our differences lets work together so that all may come to believe in the loving and good God even in the midst of this changing world," he said.
He also talked about the photos that surfaced of him with his now fiancé that sparked the scandal.
"Through the photos, it looked like a frivolous thing on the beach, you know, and that's not what it is. It's something deeper than that."
The Episcopal Bishop of Southeast Florida also spoke today. "We believe that this is the best place for Father Alberto Cutié and have welcomed him and his fiancé into our church. He will help us spread the word that the Episcopal church not only offers sacramental catholic worship tradition but is also a community of faith promises thoughtful debate of what God is calling us to do and to be followers of Christ," Bishop Leo Frade said.
What do you think of Cutié's decision?
He already has an new assignment. He'll deliver the sermon this Sunday at the Church of Resurrection in Biscayne Park.
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