MIAMI (CBS4) – A former priest who left the Catholic Church after he was photographed in public with his girlfriend offers some harsh criticism to church leaders in his new book.

In “A Priest’s Struggle with Faith and Love”, 41-year old Alberto Cutie, who is now an Episcopalian priest, writes that he became disillusioned with the church after seeing the “bishops too concerned with their own images” during child sex-abuse crises.

He says church leaders secretly accept homosexual and heterosexual relationships among priests but disapproved of his because it became public.

“There are so many homosexuals, both active and celibate, at all levels of clergy and Church hierarchy that the church would never be able to function if they were really to exclude all of them from ministry,” Cutie writes.

Cutie calls former Archbishop John Favalora “an aloof CEO” with a “cold and rigid approach” who was “disconnected” from the parish. He said the two rarely spoke during the scandal.

The Archdiocese of Miami and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declined comment Monday.

Shortly after the scandal broke in 2009, Cutie left the Catholic Church and began the process of becoming an Episcopal priest. He now heads the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Biscayne Park.

Cutie and girlfriend Ruhama Buni Canellis were married on June 26 at St. Bernard de Clairvaux Episcopal Church in North Miami Beach at a small ceremony with 60 friends and relatives.

Last December the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter who they named Camila Victoria.

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Comments (8)
  1. Dave says:

    So, this guy is going to profit off his book. Um…You are no sait either pal.

  2. INFIDEL_USA says:

    First let me state that I am not a Catholic and I am not defending the Church. This so-called “priest” broke his vows… got caught…. and now blasts the church to which he had made his committment. He is a liar and probably a thief. Now, he wants to make money by penning an expose of his beliefs as they related to the Catholic Church. He could have quit before he broke his vows, but he chose to have his cake and eat it too. He is an opportunist and I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him. This certainly doesn’t say much for the Episcapal Church. They must have been hard-up for so-called priests. God can forgive this phony. I think he’s just a con-man.

  3. john Durden says:

    To infidel_usa
    I think you missed the point: he is pointing out that the church is full of liars and thieves!!!
    I believe you sorely underestimate the power of a commitment to the church and its power over its clergy and flock.
    He may or may not been trying to have his cake and eat it too. But the point you are missing is that he is correctly outraged at the hypocrisy, duplicity and lies inherent in the modern catholic clergy and church.
    He was ONCE a part of the problem. Yet you lambast him for being a part of the solution: calling out the sins of the church.
    To that I say “shame on you.”
    Americans have become way too judgmental and self-satified, all to willing to ruthlessly judge others. You are an example of that. Life is more nuanced.

  4. Max says:

    This is all nothing but a marketing ploy used for book sales. There is but one sinner here, now he has been downgraded to an Episcapal clergy and needs money to support the prostitute, who took him away from GOD.

  5. elgaguito says:

    The Curch hasn’t changed since Cutie became priest.. this is nothing new…He knew their rules and interpretations and still joined them.. He is either naive, stupid or just trying to make a buck..

  6. Lingling says:

    To Max:

    What do you mean downgraded to the Episcopal clergy? How is becoming a part of the Church of England a downgrade? I rather belong to a church that supports human rights, ordains women and promotes free thought versus the Catholic tradition of degrading women, molesting children and supporting the Nazis during World War II. Do you know what the prominent religion in third world countries is, its Catholicism. The majority of the super power countries are protestant led countries. The United States National Cathedral is an Episcopal church, so once again, how is that a downgrade? Also, calling someone’s wife a whore is just so classy. I bet you are one of those types who believe that when a woman is raped, it’s because she deserves it. Keep it classy Max!

    1. Mike says:

      You must be joking. The founder of your church Henry VIII founded it on adultery and the blood of his murdered wives and Catholic clergy.

  7. Etienne says:

    @John Durden

    I think you miss the point. If Cutie hadn’t been caught he would most likely still be in the Catholic Church living his life of lies. Its to easy to pretend to accept something and then to cheat and go against the rules and after the fact say the rules were unfair to begin with.

    This is really no different than a married man having an affair and then getting caught in the act and then blaming his wife for his cheating. I’m surprised the ECUSA would take this man, they don’t know anything about PR these days other than taking the bottom of the barrel members of the Catholic Church, from Cute to former NJ Gov. McGreevey and then they wonder why so many members of their own church are fleeing. I left the ECUSA in 2002 and stories like this just make me glad I left.

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