Today this article on a look into celibacy with Fr Alberto stuck out above all the rest on American News:
After the major scandal two years ago when Father Alberto Cutié was caught by the paparazzi kissing and frolicking on a beach with a woman who is now his wife, Ruhamma Canellis, the priest – who switched churches, from the Roman Catholic to the Anglican in order to keep serving God but also have a family – tells his personal story on a newly released book: ‘Dilemma’.
In it, he explains his personal story, his struggle, his moments of pain and disilussion, and how he feels that God wasn’t punishing him for loving a woman, but blessing him to fulfill a personal dream of becoming a father to a a beautiful, healthy girl named Camila Victoria (who he himself will baptize this upcoming Sunday).
Please watch the interview video here to hear what Father Alberto says. It is most definitely worth a watch. You can also read the preface to his book if you want to hear more via the same link.
I admire Father Alberto.
He writes: For a long time, I endured a tug-of-war between something that was good – my love of God – and another thing that was good – my love for the woman I wanted to honour and cherish in marriage. Now I believe that both were given to me by the same God, who is ultimately the source of all love.
I hope that the Roman Catholic Church learn from this. Celibacy should be optional – it is a personal calling from God, and not living in celibacy should not stop people serving in ministry.
Welcome to the Anglican Church Fr Alberto. God Bless.