“Father Oprah” goes Episcopal: UPDATE on marriage

Cutie & Fiancee.jpgFather Alberto Cutie’
, a.k.a. “Father Oprah,” the hunky South Florida priest with a popular television minstry on relationship advice and–it turned out–a girlfriend of his own on the side, has joined the Episcopal Church. That was fast.

The AP reports:

The Rev. Alberto Cutie (KOO’-tee-ay) was removed from his Miami Beach church after photos of him kissing and embracing a woman appeared in the pages of a Spanish-language magazine earlier this month.


He was received into Episcopal Church in a ceremony Thursday at Trinity Cathedral. He must complete other requirements before serving as an Episcopal priest.

Cutie spoke briefly at a press conference and read a statement in English and Spanish. He quoted from the book of Psalms and said, “More than ever, I’m assured that God is love.”

He continued, “I have searched my soul and sought God’s guidance for a long time.”

Before walking away without answering questions, Cutie thanked supporters and asked the media to respect his privacy…

Cutie has previously said he supports the Catholic Church’s stand that priests should be celibate and does not want to become the “anti-celibacy priest.”


Yeah, well. I could never get as ginned up about this story as others did, or even ginned up about Father Cutie’ himself. He seemed like a star. Acted like a star. I hope it’s love, and they get married. He likely has a few copies left of his popular book, “Real Life, Real Love: 7 Paths to a Strong, Lasting Relationship.”

Now, go with God.

UPDATE: The couple are planning to marry. Ruhama Buni Canellis, the fiancee, is at right in the AP photo, with Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida next to her. Father Cutie is talking. Nathc.


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ed gleason

posted May 28, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Mandatory celibacy for diocesan priests is an albatross around the Catholic church. 25 thousand left to get married.. 100 ‘convert’ priests are now serving in the USA… most are posted in schools so they can be given academic salaries so they can support their families and not upset the wage system and other priests in the diocese. Only retired Cardinals/bishops call for a change.. Makes the serving bishops cowardly..and they close churches. Maybe the laity should make them fear us rather old men in Rome. If I think of a Christian way to do that I’ll post it here.. Good luck to Cutie’ as the Episcopals have problems of their own..

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posted May 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm

He went EpiscopalIAN not Episcopal. Going Episcopal would mean he became a bishop (even in the Catholic Church). The Protestants in the Anglican Communion who live in the USA are the Episcopalian NOT the Episcopal church.
And Cutie voluntarily and (supposedly) whole-heartedly embraced his celibacy at ordination. No one forced him. So now he’s just a coward and a liar…as well as possibly a heretic.

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posted May 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Had Fr. Cutie converted from an Episcopal to a Catholic priest as a married man he wouldv’e been able to keep his wife. Kind of ironic (don’t ya think)?
So when’s he going on Oprah? First time I saw a picture of him. Strikingly handsome. I must be snuggly secure in my masculinity 😉

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Unapologetic Catholic

posted May 28, 2009 at 7:36 pm

“Had Fr. Cutie converted from an Episcopal to a Catholic priest as a married man he wouldv’e been able to keep his wife.”
He’s still young. Give him a chance. he’ll be back with wife in tow.

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Jack Johnson

posted May 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I have no sour grapes like some of you have on this thread. I say good luck and God Bless him on his faith journey like all of you should. As far as him returning, I doubt it. I bet he was considering this for a long time and probably had personal feelings about the Church he could no just “deal with”.

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Joseph Fromm

posted May 28, 2009 at 11:22 pm

It is a wonder that most seem to forget that Fr. Cutie is an adulterer. He sneaked around for trysts and now has sneaked into the Episcopal Church. I am sure he sneaks a lot of things.

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posted May 29, 2009 at 9:50 am

Until I read these comments, I hadn’t thought about how celibacy helps keep priestly pay very low.

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Tarheel Rambler

posted May 29, 2009 at 10:32 am

“It is a wonder that most seem to forget that Fr. Cutie is an adulterer. He sneaked around for trysts and now has sneaked into the Episcopal Church. I am sure he sneaks a lot of things.”
Fornicator maybe, but not adulterer. Neither he, nor the woman he was involved with was married…which is required to be “an adulterer.” The one thing everyone needs to remember is that Fr. Cutie is human, and possesses the attendant weaknesses. Like many of us, he is on a journey of faith, and there are many twists and turns in that journey. I think I’ll follow Jesus’ direction and not judge…because I have much to be judged on.

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Your Name

posted May 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm

A married man can be a good permanent deacon,a man with vocation to dedicate totally to the church,can become a celibatary priest.
Simple,clear,a choice too…

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posted May 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I’ve nothing against a priest being married. In the Eastern Orthodox many become priests after they are older and married. It seems to work. The problem that I have is I think that a priest should be following the rules given by the church to be effective as a priest. Maybe those rules of celibacy should be changed….maybe in the future… I don’t think they are God’s rules…just a suggestion…

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posted May 29, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Father Cutie certainly left the Church quickly. Didn’t he have to ask to be released from his vows if he wanted to leave the priesthood? It seems that the only reason he left the Church was because he was caught. So the Episcopal Church does not have problems with a single priest in an intimate relationship with a divorced woman? I think they just want him because he is a celebrity and they think maybe he can bring some of his congregation with him to the Episcopal Church. To me it doesn’t say a lot for Father Cutie’s integrity. I suppose it doesn’t matter to him that he didn’t practice what he preached. The whole thing is sad.

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posted May 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I made the last comment. I am very disappointed with Father Cutie because he is so quick to leave the Catholic Church. As I said, the whole thing is sad.

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posted May 29, 2009 at 10:52 pm

He is caught on the beach, talks to the archbishop but doesn’t say he’s leaving the church, a few days later he is received into the E’s AND immediatly given the faculties of a deacon! He will preach this Sunday! The E’s certainly come off looking foolish. Wouldn’t they want him to spend a little time in prayer and reflection before giving him faculties? It looks like they love the attention. Of course the Archbishop threatening him with cannon law looks foolish too. I am sorry he decided to leve his faith. Mandatory celibacy is useless. God bless Cutie and his cutie.

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posted May 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm

What really bothers me is how rapidly he was snatched up by the Episcopal Church… They are so desperate to increase their membership that they are going for the scandal…..Lots of prayers
need to be said all around. A Catholic priest who abandons his faith so rapidly, cannot be much of a believer in much of anything.

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posted May 31, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I cannot understand how a Roman Catholic priest, who pledged loyalty to the Holy Church, and to the Magisterium, can so quickly convert to another faith. It puts into perspective the hypocracy and superficiality of his convictions, if he had any. It is also a scandal to the faithful.
How can a priest in the state of mortal sin, not show any remorse or ask forgiveness. It truly shows disloyalty to Christ. Can the Jesus Christ who called Father Cutie to be a celibate priest, and a priest of the Catholic faith, now say to Father Cutie ” it’s o.k. to lead others to sin; it’s o.k. if your soul is in mortal sin and therefore not in good grace with me, go and preach about me and spread your phony message that everything is o.k., come Father Cutie, go to the Church that was begun as a result of a glutonous and sinful king, who like you preferred lust over over loyalty to Christ.

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posted May 31, 2009 at 9:20 pm

He is allowing the little head to think for his big head LOL
I think that is obvious. He is attractive man and maybe it has
gotten to his big head the fame popularity etc. Ruhama on other
hand I think is homly plain Jane and wants to be a celebrity.
She might be a Gold digger too. Who knows? Time will tell.
May they find their true calling in life. That is all I can say.

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posted June 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm

We are all human, and shouldn’t judge as we don’t know his heart. Life isn’t perfect and just because you have a title, or are committed to something doesn’t mean you aren’t going to make mistakes or change your mind. Why is it when someone makes a mistake or a decision that isn’t “approved” people become vicious and cruel? Doesn’t religion teach forgiveness?

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