A popular Miami priest and media personality known as "Father Oprah" has left the Catholic Church to become an Anglican after he was photographed cavorting on the beach with his girlfriend . . . He was received into the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion, in a ceremony Thursday at Trinity Cathedral and may later announce he will marry his girlfriend, which is allowed in that denomination.
The fact that Cutié chose to go to the Episcopalian Church is interesting, since it has sometimes been described as a watered down (or progressive, to be kind) version of Catholicism; it has a lot of the same rites and procedures but not so much of the art or guilt (and a lot more sex, apparently). So he is advocating essentially the same philosophy (without having to answer for how he could not live up to its standards), keeps his standing in the community (rather than being outcast as a hypocrite), and he gets the girl. This is the stuff of a Hollywood film.
But what this story really illustrates is the impractical nature of celibacy and the impossible demand that the Catholic Church makes on its priesthood. It also illustrates the controlling, sadomasochistic nature of Christianity and Catholicism's notion of love. The story quotes Cutié:
"I believe that I've fallen in love and I believe that I've struggled with that, between my love for God, and my love for the Church and my love for service," Cutié said.
The fact that love of his god or church and love for another human being are mutually exclusive hits the target right in the bulls eye. The Catholic Church's rule of celibacy and Christianity's entire notion of devotion to god is based around the idea that love for your fellow man (or woman) is a degrading state, and both demand a fascistic level of adherence and devotion.
So, with that in mind, now would be a great opportunity for Cutié, as a former priest, to speak out against this insane tradition. But this is what he said instead:
It may be that he just doesn't want to burn bridges, but this reeks of trying to have things both ways. Maybe we'll see Cutié on the road with Bristol Palin advocating abstinence-only sex education, Cutié with his girlfriend on his arm and Palin holding her baby.
Cutié 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."