Father Alberto Cutie, known as "Padre Oprah," the nationally known Spanish language television host, advice columnist and bestselling author of the book "Real Life, Real Love," is creating quite a stir as he appears to be getting a dose of real love himself.Yes, you read that right: Father Cutie, which is actually pronounced "Koo-tee-ay." When I saw the "Father Cutie" headline at Pundit & Pundette, I thought it must be a joke. But (a) he is kind of a cutie, and (b) the real joke is that this guy, who couldn't be faithful to his own vows, was on the archdiocese's radio show giving "relationship advice" to others.
A Mexican magazine ran pictures of Father Cutie cuddling with a woman on a Florida beach and kissing her at a bar.
In an interview with the Spanish language network Univision, Father Cutie said that despite the scandal the photos have created, he doesn't want to give up either his collar or the woman he loves.
Father Cutie is now reportedly considering leaving the priesthood. As I said at Taki's:
Of course, conservative Catholics can expect a spree of columns pondering "what this means" for the celibate priesthood, whereas liberal Catholics will wax nostalgic for the "good old days" when priests molested altar boys.Being a proud Protestant means there is no ecclesiastical hierarchy to blame when these scandals happen. Jimmy Swaggart? Jim Bakker? Ted Haggard? They were never my leaders, and their scandals were their own embarrassment.