There are two strange aspects to the breaking story about this handsome Miami Beach priest caught frolicking in a sexual way at a Miami beach with a woman and kissing her at a bar.
The handsome 40 year old Cuban priest who is very well known and has a media ministry that has made him extremely recognizable is the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church on Alton Road on Miami Beach. He entered the seminary at the age of eighteen. He works out and likes disco.
The first incredible element is the notion that this man is heterosexual. It is improbable but possible, and the photos supposedly offer evidence of it. (I've only been able to find the cover photo showing a woman rather wrapped around him on the beach.)
The second incredible element to the story is that he would conduct an illicit affair in the very neighborhood he serves. Usually men who cheat on their spouses or are on the downlow conduct their dirty business out of town. Did he want to get caught?
Anyway, his website is now blank, and he has issued the following statement:
STATEMENT FROM FATHER ALBERT CUTIÉ
Before God - full of love and mercy - I ask for the forgiveness of those who may be hurt or saddened by my actions. Since I entered the seminary at the age of 18, the priesthood has brought me great joy. The commitment that I made to serve God will remain intact. I am grateful for the love and support I have received today from so many in our community, especially my parishioners and the supporters of the radio stations who have demonstrated great compassion and understanding toward me as a human being. I ask for your continued prayers and support.
Father Albert Cutié
DECLARACIÓN DEL PADRE ALBERTO CUTIÉ
Ante Dios - lleno de amor y misericordia - y ante toda nuestra comunidad, quiero pedir perdón si mis acciones les han causado dolor y tristeza. Desde mi ingreso al seminario a los 18 años, el sacerdocio me ha traído gran alegría. Les aseguro que mi servicio y dedicación a Dios continuarán intactos. Doy gracias a Dios por la compasión y el apoyo humano que he recibido en el día de hoy de tantas personas en nuestra comunidad, especialmente mis feligreses y oyentes de nuestras emisoras. Sólo pido sus oraciones y apoyo.
Padre Alberto Cutié
One thing is certain. Mandatory celibacy is nonsensical, and the reaction from his parishioners has been mostly supportive of his basic human nature and critical of the church''s rule of celibacy. And, I think everyone is embracing with relief a scandal that does not involve a minor.