The following is an excerpt from an interview with Father Albert Cutie( father Oprah), of the Miami Arch Diocese:
As a celibate Catholic priest, you've probably been asked this before. How can you give advice to married people and people who want to get married?
You don't have to be mentally ill to be a good psychiatrist. I don't think you have to be someone who has a real problem in order to relate to people's problems. When you are in the help industry, especially as a priest, rabbi, or minister, you're constantly hearing from people talking about marriage or sexual dysfunction. People naturally turn to religious figures for advice. Half the people who write to me are not Catholic.
In the Spanish-speaking world, everybody gets that. In the English-speaking world, however, people always ask, "What authority does that person have to talk about relationships?" It's prejudices and biases and stereotypes about what a priest can and can't offer. But in the Spanish-speaking world, that's never been an issue for me, because those who have listened to my shows or watched them or read my columns, they get what I do: It's no-nonsense practical advice for everyday life. It's not dogmatic and pushing religion down your throat.
Well, I think, perhaps, the good priest may know a little more about Love than he let on.
It would seem he has been caught "fondling' a woman on a Miami beach. Article
Now, that's not really a problem for me. I do , however find it hipocritical of the church to treat this man like a pariah, when they give pedophiles a slap on the wrist and send them to another Parish.
Whattsamatter Catholic church? Do you prefer your sexual scandals to involve little boys?