For more than a decade, Father Albert Cutie was the face of the Catholic Church in South Florida.
He was a celebrity priest, always surrounded by Miami’s movers and shakers, hosting shows on the radio and television. He was so popular he was called “Father Oprah.”
But he left it all because he fell in love.
In 2009, a tabloid magazine published scandalous pictures of him on the beach with a mystery woman being romantic, embracing and kissing.
The woman, Ruhama Buni Canellis, was a 35-year-old single mother. They had met during Father Cutie’s mass at his Miami Beach church.
As a result, Father Cutie was removed from the Catholic Church. But he quickly joined the Episcopal Church, which allows its priests to marry.
“Sex and the way we deal with deal with sex is the problem in the Catholic Church,” he said.
Father Cutie admitted he had issues with the celibacy mandate during his time as a Catholic priest and even wrote a book telling his story titled, “Dilemma: A Priest’s Struggle with Faith and Love.”
“Celibacy works for some of the priests some of the time, but not for most priests most of the time,” he said.
Father Cutie is now happily married to that same woman he was photographed with at the beach, and they have two young children together.
Hear him talk about celibacy tonight on “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos.”