By Albert Cutie
He was once a Roman Catholic priest whose love affair grew to become headline information. Now, he stocks his explosive story-in his personal words...
In this deeply own and debatable memoir, Father Albert Cutié tells concerning the devastating fight among upholding his sacred delivers as a clergyman and falling in love. Already conflicted with starting to be ideological modifications with the Church, Cutié was once pressured to all at once switch his lifestyles the day that he used to be photographed at the seashore, embracing the girl he could later name his wife.
Once a poster boy of the Roman Catholic Church-loved and favorite by means of millions-Cutié stumbled on that he was once now not chuffed and ready to dwell as a celibate priest, specifically having to safeguard the variety of positions he was once not in contract with. For years he saved his dating a mystery, whereas he soul searched and prayed for solutions. the affection that he deemed a blessing was once bringing him in the direction of God, yet farther from the Church. In Dilemma, Cutié tells approximately breaking that promise, reigniting the very heated debate over necessary celibacy for Catholic monks, starting a brand new lifestyle and studying a brand new manner of serving God.
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My role was to help offer spiritual support to these families after their trau matic odysseys, while other volunteers provided ﬁrst aid and hot meals. I drove a tiny four-cylinder Honda Civic that could really seat only four people, but I often did everything possible to ﬁt two families—up to nine people—so that they could visit the church, say a prayer, and greet Our Lady of Charity (La Caridad del Cobre), the patroness of Cuba. FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE PRIESTHOOD 37 I will never forget their tears or the expressions on their faces as these rafters, many of them young men like myself, reached their much-desired freedom.
For me personally, it was a shattering experience to see entire families putting their lives at great risk to escape the Communist regime of Fidel Castro. Naturally, the whole phe nomenon was particularly moving to me since my own parents had left Cuba, although it was under very different circum 36 D IL E M M A stances, in search of the same freedom from that awful system and a better future for their children. As a young child, every conversation I heard during fam ily visits between my father and his brothers was about how Castro’s regime was going to end sometime soon and we would all go back to Cuba.
The baby was black-and-blue, clearly beyond revival. Because the woman was Latina and a Roman Catholic, and because I was not yet ordained and couldn’t say last rites for the child, I called a priest from a nearby parish who was responsible for visiting Roman Catholics at that hospital. ” I couldn’t believe those words! It was as if I’d taken a blow to the stomach. How could this priest be so thoughtless, to say that this was God’s will, rather than offer this poor woman an 32 D IL E M M A embrace or words of comfort?
Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love by Albert Cutie