Meanwhile, the spiritual leader and head of the Episcopal church in South Florida tells CBS4 he believes that popular Catholic priest Alberto Cutié will make a decision soon to become an Episcopal priest.In essence, Bishop Frade's position on Father Cutié is, "vows, shmows - we'll take him!"
The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, told CBS4's Peter D'Oench he's spoken twice with Father Cutié at length since the provocative photos surfaced in TV NOTAS Magazine, showing Cutié kissing and caressing 35-year-old Ruhama Canellis on the beach.
"I think the issue for Father Cutié is one of celibacy," said Bishop Frade. Celibacy is required of Catholic priests. It is not required of Episcopal priests.
My dear bishop, the issue here isn't one of celibacy. It is one of character. A vow is a vow, especially if you are a priest and you made that vow to God and the Church. If you don't agree with that vow, don't make it. If you do break that vow, ask for forgiveness and don't do it again. If you find you can't keep that vow anymore, leave.
Note that this is not the first time The Episcopal Church (tm) has seen breaking vows of celibacy or fidelity as irrelevant to the character of a priest. Or a bishop.
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