Friday, May 29, 2009

No Coincedences

Vicar of Christ, the Bishop of Rome, Benedict XVI


Rt. Rev Leo Frade and his farce

John C. Favalora, Archbishop of Miami, about Father Alberto Cutié's separation from the Roman Catholic Church:

I am genuinely disappointed by the announcement made earlier this afternoon by Father Alberto Cutié that he is joining the Episcopal Church.

According to our canon law, with this very act Father Cutié is separating himself from the communion of the Roman Catholic Church (c. 1364, §1) by professing erroneous faith and morals, and refusing submission to the Holy Father (canon 751). He also is irregular for the exercise of sacred orders as a priest (canons 1041 and 1044, §1) and no longer has the faculties of the Archdiocese of Miami to celebrate the sacraments; nor may he preach or teach on Catholic faith and morals (cannon 1336, §1). His actions could lead to his dismissal from the clerical state.

This means that Father Cutié is removing himself from full communion with the Catholic Church and thereby forfeiting his rights as a cleric. Roman Catholics should not request the sacraments from Father Cuité. Any sacramental actions he attempts to perform would be illicit. Any Mass he says would be valid but illicit, meaning it does not meet a Catholic’s obligation. Father Cutié cannot validly officiate at marriages of Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Miami or anywhere.

Father Cutié is still bound by his promise to live a celibate life, which he freely embraced at ordination. Only the Holy Father can release him from that obligation.

To the Catholic faithful of Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Radio Paz and the entire Archdiocese of Miami, I again say that Father Cutié’s actions cannot be justified, despite his good works as a priest (statement of May 5, 2009). This is all the more true in light of today’s announcement. Father Cutié may have abandoned the Catholic Church; he may have abandoned you. But I tell you that the Catholic Church will never abandon you; the Archdiocese of Miami is here for you.

Father Cutié’s actions have caused grave scandal within the Catholic Church, harmed the Archdiocese of Miami − especially our priests – and led to division within the ecumenical community and the community at large. Today’s announcement only deepens those wounds.

When Father Cutié met with me on May 5th, he requested and I granted a leave of absence from the exercise of the priesthood. Because of this, he could no longer be the administrator of St Francis de Sales Parish or the General Director of Radio Paz. For the good of the Church and to avoid the media frenzy, I chose not to impose publicly an ecclesiastical penalty, although his admitted actions clearly warranted it. Since that meeting, I have not heard from Father Cutié nor has he requested to meet with me. He has never told me that he was considering joining the Episcopal Church.

I must also express my sincere disappointment with how Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has handled this situation. Bishop Frade has never spoken to me about his position on this delicate matter or what actions he was contemplating. I have only heard from him through the local media.

This truly is a serious setback for ecumenical relations and cooperation between us. The Archdiocese of Miami has never made a public display when for doctrinal reasons Episcopal priests have joined the Catholic Church and sought ordination. In fact, to do so would violate the principles of the Catholic Church governing ecumenical relations. I regret that Bishop Frade has not afforded me or the Catholic community the same courtesy and respect.

In my nearly 50 years as a priest, I have often preached on Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son – which really should be called the parable of the Forgiving Father (Luke 15, 11-32). Perhaps the story told by the Lord so long ago is applicable to our discussions this afternoon.

A father had two sons. One of them took his inheritance early and left home, spending his money wantonly. The father waited patiently for the return of his prodigal son, who after he had seen the error of his ways, repented and returned home. Upon his return, the father lovingly embraced him and called him his son. I pray that Father Cutié will “come to his senses” (Luke 15, 17) and return home. The Catholic Church seeks the conversion and salvation of sinners, not their condemnation. The same is my attitude toward Father Cutié.

We must not forget, however, that there were two sons in the Lord’s story. The other son, who never left home, was angry that his erring brother was welcomed home by the father. To all faithful Catholics, I say what the father said to this second son: “You are with me always and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice. This brother of yours was dead and has come back to life. He was lost, and is found” (Luke 15, 31-32).

In this beautiful parable Jesus teaches us that God is a loving and forgiving Father. Each of us has experienced that love, each of us needs that forgiveness; for we are all sinners. If our brother comes home, let us celebrate with the Father.

In conclusion, I commend and salute the priests of the Archdiocese of Miami and all priests who faithfully live and fulfill their promise of celibacy. By their fidelity to their promise they reflect more clearly to the world the Christ whose total gift of himself to the Father was pure and chaste love for his brothers and sisters. In our times so pre-occupied with sex, the gift of celibacy is all the more a sign of the Kingdom of Heaven where, as scripture says, there will be “no marrying or giving in marriage” (Matthew 22, 30). I encourage all Catholics to pray for and support our dedicated priests.


Most Reverend John C. Favalora
Archbishop of Miami


Today's Gospel reading, aptly apropos:

Gospel
Jn 21:15-19

After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them,
he said to Simon Peter,
"Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?"
Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs."

He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
He said to him, "Tend my sheep."

He said to him the third time,
"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
"Do you love me?" and he said to him,
"Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you."
Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.

Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go."

He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."

Commentary:

A couple of points regarding Alberto Cutie, as I am from South Florida and I have known his trajectory quite well.

At first I was very supportive of him because I felt at worse he would resign, become a lay Catholic and continue helping others. (He was director of Radio Paz down here & had his parish in South Beach)

The Holy Father himself has stressed the importance of the laity this week.

The fact that now Cutie is jumping ship to a church founded by a serial womanizer and misogynist, who broke with Rome ONLY to marry his pregnant mistress, is all too telling.

1. In the famous pics, which apparently they engineered, on the beach he is reading a book from a leading Episcopalian.

2. Rt Rev Leo Frade, head of the Anglican church in South Florida is a personal friend of his, "consulted" him at the outset but denied on a local Spanish TV show, Mano Limpia with Oscar Haza, in the beginning that there was anything untowards or afoot as to Cutie joining the his church.

3. We now have, undeniable evidence and pictures of Ruhamma Cannelis, his girlfriend meeting with the secret photographer two days prior to the taking of the famous pics on the beach and another of her walking out of Cutie's final mass together with that same photographer.

4. As per the Archdiocese of Miami, Cutie was on a spiritual retreat of 1 month.

In reality he was holed up in Venice Beach, having lied to His Eminence Archbishop Favalora, with his gal pal.

5. Please see the statement of Archbishop Favalora yesterday:

"I must also express my sincere disappointment with how Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has handled this situation. Bishop Frade has never spoken to me about his position on this delicate matter or what actions he was contemplating. I have only heard from him through the local media. This truly is a serious setback for ecumenical relations and cooperation between us. The Archdiocese of Miami has never made a public display when for doctrinal reasons Episcopal priests have joined the Catholic Church and sought ordination. In fact, to do so would violate the principles of the Catholic Church governing ecumenical relations. I regret that Bishop Frade has not afforded me or the Catholic community the same courtesy and respect."

This whole matter is a farce and Alberto Cutie has shown utter disrespect to the Church, to his parishioners and to the faithful throughout South Florida, by the way he handled this brouhaha.

What is even more abominable is that Rev. Leo Frade has created a circus maximus atmosphere out of a serious conundrum and even tried to confuse Hispanic Catholics indicating that their church is the true Catholic church, without allegiances to Rome!

Oh, by the way aren’t they run by a guy in England who thinks Sharia is compatible with common law in the UK??????



5 comments:

Angela said...

This made me really sad to see Albert Cutie (can we still call him Fr. Cutie any more? idk) leave the Church. I think it perpetuates the myth that lay people don't have a place in ministry just cause they can't be a priest. I feel for him that he fell and understand him stepping down but to go be a priest in a church that ordains women and those acting on their same-sex attractions was very dissappointing.

Angela said...

Great quote from Archbishop Favalora. Will be praying for him and all other priests and religious.

Carlos Echevarria said...

I tried to give all the benefit of the doubt to Alberto Cutie and I really wanted him to be a future lay leader within the Church.

But to act out as he did, and for the Episcopal Church to create this circus maximus is obscene.

thanks for commenting...

Let us pray he returns, everything is possible with the Lord, the Virgin Mother's intercession and intense prayer.

Annie said...

Hi Carlos,

I just read this again (had not commented the first time around). I think I was already deep in thought about what I ended up posting. The story is so hurtful.

Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J. says in his essay on Calunmy and Distraction "One of the main reasons why lies are forbidden by the Eighth Commandment is that they destroy community and healthy social relationships".

This is certainly another terrible sin we can lay at Cutie's door.

seamus said...

The Roman Catholic church really has only itself to blame for the poor state of ecumenical relations. Recent statements have denigrated other Christian churches which it diminshes as mere “eclesial communities” without benefit of the means of salvation. It has abandonned the direction of Vatican 2 and its dominionist veiws are coming into closer focus especailly here in California in the Catholic church’s recent successful attempt to undermine the equal protection clause of the Constitution. In showing the little grasp it has of coexsisting in a pluralistic society it has bumped into the remergence of the new evangelization and realignment of the Episcopal church.
The arrogance is aptly demonstrated by this blog which displays vile prejudice and incoherent understanding of history let alone the present situation.