Friday, May 29, 2009

Notice The Banner In Front Of The Crucifix?
What's that say? "Padre Alberto"?

An interesting quote from the Miami Herald (Emphasis mine); “Mr. Cutié's charisma no doubt attracted believers to his former church. No surprise then that his sudden loss of standing within the church for which he so ably proselytized hurt many of his followers. Yet the great religions that have withstood the test of centuries are founded on the doctrine and timeless ideals of inspired teachers, as well as the institutions that disseminate the holy word. Those who place their faith in celebrity instead of the message of their own religions will always be disappointed.”What was his nickname, again? "Father Oprah"? Gee, I wonder what warranted that particular moniker?

Anyhow, In respect to Cutié abandoning Catholicism quicker than James Tiberius Kirk could jump to lightspeed, he reminds me of Bill Clinton.

That's right... Bubba Clinton. The serial adulterer who never paid much attention to his wedding vows, what made anyone even imagine he actually believed his vow to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?

And to the good folks over that The League of Extraordinarily Whiny Ex-Catholics (oops, I mean Episcopalians), I know you folks play pretty fast and loose with those inconvenient things better known as doctrine and discipline, but allow me to remind you that Cutié blew off his own vows once when they didn't suit him.

What makes you think he won't snake bite you too?

4 Comments:

Blogger TCN said...

So, who would pick up this two-time loser? Oh, yeah, the same ones who will deny the Trinity if somebody gets offended.

They can have him, for as long as he lasts. Sooner or later, when he runs out of excuses, he will become Unitarian.

4:59 PM  
Blogger paramedicgirl said...

I knew he would jump ship - I just didn't expect it to happen so fast. I guess he needs a job to support his new family, though.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

In light of his move to the Episcopal Church, Fr. C's theology must have been only skin deep. Ironically, the picture shows him wearing a beautiful and traditional, gothic chasubule.

4:21 PM  
Blogger GOR said...

I'm always apprehensive when I see priests becoming 'celebrities' because so often it ends badly. The adulation of the crowd becomes intoxicating and unless they are very spiritual men, they can be led astray by it.

Fulton Sheen was an example of one who did not let fame affect his spiritual life or beliefs. Fr. Flanagan and Fr. Peyton are two other examples from the past.

And it is not just sins of the flesh that bring 'famous' priests down. Intellectual pride can be as much of a intoxicant and result in loss of faith or abandonment of doctrine - as we have seen from many errant theologians. The Holy Father, speaking to theologians some time ago, while acknowledging the value of their work, admonished them to cultivate humility.

It is a lesson to us all. In Fr. Cutie's case my sympathy lies with all the people who looked to him for direction and who are now disappointed and betrayed.

"Put not your trust in princes"...or in celebrities even of the sacerdotal kind...

6:27 PM  

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