[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Padre Alberto Moves On

Friday, May 29, 2009

Padre Alberto Moves On

I've been insanely busy the past few days and will be for a few days more, so this will be rather brief.

I'm glad that Father Alberto has decided to remain in the Christian community as a minister, but feel saddened that he has chosen to leave the church he committed to many years ago. As I've stated in previous posts on the topic, I can go either way with Catholic priests being married, but what's gotten kind of lost in this case is that Padre Alberto broke his vows, whether you agree with them or not.

Also, and most importantly in the grand scheme of things; as influential and charismatic as Alberto was with Catholics in South Florida, he's only one man. I'm sure the many other young priests in the Archdiocese and around the world who struggle with temptation and other issues, just like Alberto did, and manage to keep their vows intact would appreciate a little credit on their part for doing what Alberto couldn't do. That's not to say that they should be awarded for "doing their job". But the outcry to allow Catholic priests to get married is overshadowing the simple but important fact that for every Father Alberto, there are many others who are rock solid with their vows and probably just as charismatic and influential on a smaller but still critical scale. No one is truly irreplaceable. The Episcopal Church has gained a talented clergyman. But the Catholic Church will surely survive.

5 Comments:

Blogger Suzy Newhouse said...

This is difficult because my family has CLOSE ties to Father Cutie. We feel we've been betrayed- by our Church AND our priest. I think it was wrong for the Catholic Church to turn it's back on him considering Jesus' teachings of forgiveness and acceptance. That said, he is a self-admitted liar. For years, he lied to the faithful preaching one thing and doing another. Heck, he even contacted the Episcopalian Church last year knowing full well where/what he was doing. No he did not molest a child, which incidentally is a sickness and not a selfish desire, but he did break his vows much in the same way that spouses do when they stray. He lied to millions of people for years so he could hide his secret instead of just coming forward way back when. What kind of love is that? A person like that has no business teaching anyone about faith, be it as a Roman Catholic or otherwise. I forgive him because he is human and that's what the Catholic Church teaches we should do but I could never trust a man who bold-faced lied as long as he did.

9:13 AM, May 29, 2009  
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7:58 PM, May 29, 2009  
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7:59 PM, May 29, 2009  
Blogger Fantomas said...

Cutie trail


Robert , read your hometown paper

The Catholic Church is closing 8 buildings

8:44 PM, May 29, 2009  
Blogger Fantomas said...

I meant 14

6:16 PM, May 30, 2009  

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