Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love

Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love

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by Father Albert Cutie
     
 

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He was a Roman Catholic priest whose love affair became headline news. Now, he shares his explosive story-in his own words...

In this deeply personal and controversial memoir, Father Albert Cutié tells about the devastating struggle between upholding his sacred promises as a priest and falling in love. Already conflicted with growing ideological

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He was a Roman Catholic priest whose love affair became headline news. Now, he shares his explosive story-in his own words...

In this deeply personal and controversial memoir, Father Albert Cutié tells about the devastating struggle between upholding his sacred promises as a priest and falling in love. Already conflicted with growing ideological differences with the Church, Cutié was forced to abruptly change his life the day that he was photographed on the beach, embracing the woman he would later call his wife.

Once a poster boy of the Roman Catholic Church-loved and admired by millions-Cutié found that he was not happy and able to live as a celibate priest, especially having to defend the number of positions he was no longer in agreement with. For years he kept his relationship a secret, while he soul searched and prayed for answers. The love that he deemed a blessing was bringing him closer to God, but further from the Church. In Dilemma, Cutié tells about breaking that promise, reigniting the very heated debate over mandatory celibacy for Catholic priests, beginning a new way of life and discovering a new way of serving God.

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With little self-promotion or self-justification, Cutié (Real Life, Real Love: 7 Paths to a Strong & Lasting Relationship) writes of his time as a celibate Roman Catholic priest and his remaking as a married Anglican one. He is candid about his youthful idealism when he believed he could be a lifelong celibate. He could not, but he retained a vocation to priesthood and service and moved to a church that permits priests to marry. He rightly goes on the offensive, accusing the Roman Catholic hierarchy of merciless behavior toward errant clergy and of neglecting the Gospel requirement to love others, even sinners. Bishops fail to investigate thoroughly accusations against priests or proceed with due process to protect the rights of the accused. He also accuses the news media of lies and sensationalism. Cutié points out that Roman Catholic priests of Eastern rites are allowed to marry and that Anglican or Orthodox priests who convert to Roman Catholicism may likewise continue in ministry as married men. He has much more to say, and he says it well, clearly, logically, and rarely defensively. Moreover, he takes into consideration the ideas of his opponents and dismisses nobody out of hand. VERDICT Whether you agree or disagree with the author, if the issue of priestly celibacy is of concern to you, Cutié's book is well worth reading. [Simultaneously published in a Spanish edition.—Ed.]—James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA

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ISBN-13:
9780451232014
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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