Monday, January 10, 2011
Fr. Cutie on The View
Whoopie seemed to like him - she even expressed interest in his type of church.
This morning Fr. Alberto Curie was on The View promoting his tell all book, dressed in clerics with the nice crisp Anglican dog collar. He is saying some pretty lame things about celibacy and cites the ancient history that all protestants have done since Marty Luther. He also has the same bitch about homosexual clergy getting away with 'stuff' while he was singled out for being honest about his needs. Not exactly his words, but I caught the drift. I know many former priests, gay and straight. I'm not down on former priests - just the ones who lambasted the Church after they left.
Cutie complained that he was singled out when his bishop went on television announcing the canonical penalties, he claimed he couldn't understand it considering how other cases have been treated. Cutie appears not to understand that he was a public figure and he was caught scandalously romping with his mistress on a public beach. A disc jockey in high school before entering seminary - hot-stuff Cutie was probably welcomed by vocation directors and faculty falling all over themselves to get him into seminary - regardless of any moral issues he may have had. I have no doubt he was the golden boy, poster child for recruitment at the time. Later, easily approved for ordination and in recognition of his communication skills, not to mention his show-biz good looks and aspirations, his ambitions were put to good use in the New Evangelization on Telemundo. Cutie became a celebrity priest and spokesman for Latino youth, sort of a pop-culture icon. Considered a "What-a-waste" hip priest, he dazzled everyone from Gloria Estefan to Raymond Arroyo. He knows all of that. So why should the guy be surprised that the public scandal he caused was addressed so immediately and publicly?
That said, he was groomed to fall from grace - albeit unwittingly.
"Those who flatter you, lie to you."