June 16th, 2009
09:37 PM ET

Video: Father Cutie in Miami

David Puente
AC360° Producer

Father Alberto Cutie, who millions of Hispanics know simply as El Padre Alberto, has married the woman that he called “the love of his life”. The charismatic Miami priest left the Catholic Church after photos of him kissing his girlfriend – now his wife – on the beach were published in a magazine.

Father Alberto left the Catholic Church last month to become an Episcopal priest. Now many believe the Episcopal Church will become better known and more popular especially with Hispanics who know Father Alberto from his radio and TV broadcasts across the US and Latin America. He's been dubbed "Father Oprah."

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  1. Marie C. Mundra

    The Catholic Church bases her mandate of priestly celibacy on the example of Jesus Christ in His own life. Catholic men are not forced to be priests in the Catholic Church. It is a choice one makes for the love of God. It is a calling or vocation. “Many are called but few are chosen” Those chosen to the priesthood, willingly and lovingly sacrifice having a wife and biological children and worldly possessions so that they can fully give themselves to God in the service of His Church and God’s people.

    The duty of a husband is firstly to his wife and children. If husbands and wives are faithful and mutually love and sacrifice for each other there would not be so many divorces. The duty of a Catholic priest is to give God to the world and to take the world up to God by his life of sacrificial prayer and works. He is called to be a spiritual father of many and faithful to his spouse the Church.
    Ordained priests are chosen from among men of faith who live and intend to remain celibate "for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Called to consecrate themselves for life, with an undivided and joyous heart to God and his ministry, they sacrifice that which is good, choosing celibacy as a sign of new life to serve God’s people. There is a direct connection that exists between Christ and the priest. A priest’s chaste celibate love for the church is a sign of Christ’s presence to the faithful. He makes Christ present through his sacramental ministry at the altar and in the confessional and is acting, not simply in the name of Christ, but in the person of Christ…he is “another Christ”, whose total gift of self to the church as spouse, is an integral part of his priestly life making him a spiritual father to countless souls.
    Father Cutie’s problems started not when he met a woman, but when he forgot that as a priest his first obligation is union with God through constant prayer, sacrifice and obedience. “Thou art a priest forever…”

    June 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  2. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    The God of Fr. Cutie's understanding is the only one who has a right to judge him. The God of Mrs. Cutie's understanding is the only one who has a right to judge her. I can only imagine the heartbreak of making the decisions that had to be made for this couple to survive. A priest is married to the Roman Catholic Church in essence. Leaving that is no different than breaking marriage vows to a spouse. While I've never been married, I hear divorce is a pretty painful thing. Cut this guy some slack. We all deserve to be happily in love. As a former Roman Catholic turned Episcopalian, all I can say is welcome. In our branch of Catholicism, all are truly welcome to the altar table. This couple is no exception.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  3. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    I'm sorry I know this is a stupid question, but how do you pronuonce this man's name? Is it really pronounced cutie as in oh what a cutie? Or is ti maybe pronounced cuties like curtis only without the "r"? I know this is odd but I was just wondering. This is what is what is called wondering stupid things out loud.

    Donna Wood
    Lil' Tennessee

    June 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  4. Kenn Love in Indiana

    "Protestant Episcopalian". Oh, Heavens above.
    The Reformers are grieving openly and unabashedly.
    The more "churches" tolerate the world and its iniquities, the more they become enemies of God. (James 4.4)
    This is will-worship all dressed up with iconic (see the 1st commandment and the second clause of Rev. 9.20) symbols and self-appointed Gospel hypocrites that "re-form" the doctrines to fill the pews and give themselves prideful appointments.
    As far as God's tolerance: remember Sodom and Gomorrah.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  5. Stacy

    Interesting that this was a man who wrote a book about how to have a successful relationship even before he'd had one himself.

    June 17, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  6. Christine

    Fr. Cutie obviously wants glory for himself, rather than give the glory to God. That kind of trait in a priest is one I would be afraid of. I feel that he should have left the priesthood of the catholic church and married the "love of his life" if that is what he wanted, and lived a normal life with his new wife. Why does he want all this publicity? All he is concerned about is Fr. Alberto and not with God, and if I was an episcopalian I would be very wary of him.

    June 17, 2009 at 7:44 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    Good for him he got married. It will please some people and exasperate others.My two cents
    1) If the catholic church or any other church) got rid of celibacy rules then perhaps the many scandals of buggering would stop.
    2) The recent disclosures in Ireland, simply re-emphasise the point.
    Just like extreme Islamicism amd Extreme catholicism or any other religion they have to cone into the 21st Century.
    the same applies to Human rights activists whom I generally support. But when human rights activists start telling a Muslim man he cannot have more than one wife, it is wasteof time stick to education and change there will evolve over time.
    It means avoid religious thinking and stick with basic, very basic human rights, education, personal freedom, and laws that meet your own nation states type of freedom of religion. Go beyond that and you "meddling" as Human rights activists where it does not belong.

    June 17, 2009 at 3:21 am |
  8. brightlightwarriornika

    Ahhhh the spirit of Love shows its power again!

    June 17, 2009 at 2:18 am |
  9. joan

    great report...new angle re anglican outreach to hispanics

    June 16, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
  10. Gabrielle Bourne

    Roman catholic church is too stifling anyways. You know priests use to be married...not like Jesus wanted to start a new religion anyways. Wasn't he a Rabi?

    June 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  11. Marcie

    I'm happy that Fr. Alberto is able to continue to serve the people of this world as a priest, even if it's not with the Roman Catholic Church. I pray for the day when we have Pope and a College of Cardinals who will use the stroke of a pen to allow our priests to marry once again for the first time in about 1,000 years.

    Congratulations, Fr. Alberto, on being able to continue your vital ministry and on your marriage. May God bless you with many more happy years serving Him through your priestly vocations and your vocation of marriage. 🙂 <

    June 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  12. Lay Formator

    I still think he did wrong. He broke the rules, rules that he vowed to uphold, never mind if those rules are not "normal" by human standards. That to me speaks of his human frailty and it is with a sense of betrayal that this man who was a role model, a hero even for many proved to be just "ordinary". I wish media would stop focusing on him and make him out to be a victim. The simple fact is that....he broke the rules.

    June 16, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  13. Isabel, Brazil

    The most important is to be happy, but the rules must be respected.

    Interesting debate: does the Catholic Church is stronger than Father Alberto; or Father Alberto is stronger than the Catholic Church.

    Do the people follow the Father or the Church?
    Frankly, I hope people follow the Church and not the person.

    June 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm |
  14. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    I am a long time Catholic and think that our church needs to get with the program. I don't agree how Fr. Alberto left the church knowing that he commited adultery against the church. I would of liked if Fr. Alberto would of stayed and HELPED changed it!

    June 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm |