Father Alberto Cutie, known as “Father Oprah,” has been much in the news after photos were published showing him hugging a woman at a bar and beach. Facing a resumption of celibacy, Father Cutie has discovered the Episcopal Church.
Father Cutie insisted that he “will always love the Catholic Church and all its members,” but that he has been accepted into the Episcopal Church and will now pursue the priesthood in the Episcopalian faith. It will be an interesting process since, regardless of the difference in the view of celibacy between the two churches, there remains the problem of Cutie violating in religious oath to God over years of his affair.
Even from my days at Quigley North Preparatory Seminary High School in Chicago, I have found the basis for celibacy in the Bible to be highly questionable. It has certainly diminished the ranks of priests, which are now at record lows. The same can be said for the ban on female priests.
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