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A Cutie baby
December 2nd, 2010
04:52 PM ET

A Cutie baby

By CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi in Washington.

Father Alberto Cutie, the world famous former Catholic priest who dramatically broke his vow of celibacy, took to twitter and his website to announce the birth of his new baby. (Spoiler alert) It's a girl.

With thanksgiving to God, the giver of all life, my wife and I announce the birth of our beautiful baby daughter Camila Victoria Cutié.

We also take this opportunity to thank our family, church community and friends for your love and support. Your prayers and best wishes are truly appreciated.

There is great joy in being a Father, who is also a "father." We are truly blessed!

After word of his romantic affair surfaced Cutie was removed from his duties in the Catholic Church. Photographers caught pictures of him canoodling on a beach with a bathing suit clad woman, who he later admitted was Ruhama Buni Canellis. The two were married after he left the Catholic priesthood.

In May 2009, Cutie and his now wife joined the Episcopal church and began pursuing the the priesthood in that tradition. A year later he was ordained.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Anglican • Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Episcopal • News media

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Emmy

    First of all the RCC is NOT Christian because their beliefs are totally in conflict with the teachings of Christ as found in the Bible. Even the Catholic encyclopedia admits its teachings are teachings of the RCC, including the teaching of commanding its priesthood not to marry. 1 Timothy 4:1-6 foretold exactly about the fact that false teachers would teach about such doctrines, among them, forbidding marriage and goes on to refer to such teachings as teachings of demons. Watch out people, do not be misled by these imposters to whom Jesus referred as blind guides leading the spiritually blind into a pit. Don't be blind, if you are blessed to be able to read, go ahead, read the Bible yourself, for the truth will indeed set you free as John 8:32 says.

    January 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  2. ginger315

    To the writers who think now that Father Cutie is married that is one less pedophile....please check your facts...most pedophiles are married, they just prefer children.

    December 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  3. Sophia

    In the beginning – before the 'holy' schism – early Christians were Orthodox in faith. Orthodox priests have always been allowed to marry UNLESS THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO BECOME MONKS for themselves. For whatever reason, after the schism, those who aligned themselves with Rome [later becoming known as 'Roman Catholics' ] eventually imposed mandatory celibacy upon their clergy. The reasoning, as was explained to me was that it was thought a good shepherd could not lead if distracted by his own familial flock [this aside from the fact that a youngest son in a family would typically not inherit enough to support a family and was therefore sent to join a church]. The Orthodox faith feels that a shepherd might better understand the challenges his flock might meet if he too has experienced them first hand. Orthodox priests serve as guides along the path of life – and are not viewed as authority figures who are meant to be "holier than thou".
    Indeed they do tend to be other worldy but at the same time – wise to the ways of the world and are no less human than what God intended. It could in fact be viewed as cruel and inhumane to ask a person not to seek love and companionship all beings crave.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  4. Sara

    What is the problem. He got married, has a wife and a baby. So what, he is happy, they are happy. He has been ordained into another church. There is no problem for him and his family, why do you all have a problem, you still get up every morning and live your own life, let him live his. In my eyes he has don't nothing wrong, but that is me.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:06 am |
    • Ken

      I"m not sure why so many folks seem to be admiring this guy. He took vows to the priesthood, but later, when it became inconvenient for him, he choose to start a romantic relationship. But he kept it secret until he got caught. Only then did he admit to it. One wonders would he have come clean about it if he had been able to keep it secret?
      But beyond that, he then made vows to his new wife then joined another church that "fit" his desires better. And again, made vows to obey their rules. What happens when these vows become inconvenient again?
      Like I said, I'm not sure why so many admire this guy.

      December 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  5. WORD OF WISDOM

    The bible recommends that if a man cannot stay without a woman, for him to marry. I say GO for it.... His only mistake was to marry while in a chosen position where it was not alowed.

    It's sad that a so called "Christian" religion would deny the right for their "priests" to partake of the most beautiful, sacrate, holy, and blessed commitment of marriage. God himself uses the comparison of a groom and a bride when discribing the relationship of Jesus and those that has become children of God through faith in Jesus.

    Marriage is so important in a man's life that the only thing that God saw as "not good" in creation was that man was alone, and it was not good for him to be alone.. so God created what what would be the completion of man.. which was the woman.. (not another man) .. but a woman.

    I've been married for three year, and I know my wife for 6 years. And she completes every bit of me.. I love her more today then when I met her. The problem with destroyed marriage is selfishness.

    Love is decision that affects the emotions (not the other way around).. and for a man to be able to love, and enjoy the presence of a woman is a true blessing from God, not just logical, but biblical.

    Jesus didn't marry because that would make him ONE –as the bible explains about marriage– with that woman, and therefore making himself sinful like any other man, and that could not happen otherwise his self-sacrifice, as the immaculate lamb, to God for salvation of mankind would NOT be valid.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  6. 1jimmyhoffa

    Good for you Father. Enjoy the new family. God bless!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  7. Catholic MOM and Wife

    Technically speaking, and I've talked this over with my "father" at the church I went to. You can be married and be a Catholic Priest. However, you must be married BEFORE receiving your Holy Orders. Once you receive them, you are done, and once your spouse passes, no you may not remarry.

    It's very difficult to raise a family of your own and be a priest either way. My husband is going through class to become a Deacon.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  8. 1jimmyhoffa

    Good for you Father. Enjoy the new family. God bless.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  9. Dirk

    I got news for you folks. Pzzyie is undefeated! DOn't ever forget that. LOL

    December 3, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  10. Walker

    For you folks who don't understand the problem, being married has no effect on paedophilia. A paedophilia can occur in male or female, married, single, gay, straight. The reason there are so many paedophiles in the Catholic Church is because it caters to the paedophile with its inane internal structure.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  11. D

    Good for him. Celibacy is unreasonable and priests have secretly had relationships throughout Catholic history. It's all Kabuki theater at this point.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  12. yeayeah

    this is great, we'll have one less priest touching little boys.Seriously, if every priest had a beautiful wife like this one, the pedophile/church problem would be over!

    December 3, 2010 at 7:29 am |
    • Reality

      From Wikipedia:–

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pe-dophilia

      "Due to the stereotype that pe-dophiles are always male, it has been difficult to determine the prevalence of female ped-ophiles; however, studies in the UK and USA suggest that a range of 5% to 20% of child se-xual abuse offenses are perpetrated by women.[20]”

      -"The onset of pedophilia usually occurs during adolescence. Occasional pe-dophiles begin their activities during middle age but this late onset is uncommon. In the United States, about 50% of men arrested for pe-dophilia are married. "

      December 3, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  13. BingoBango

    Father Cutie is a real cutie idn't he?

    December 3, 2010 at 7:16 am |
    • whoizdat

      Yes he id.

      December 3, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  14. Iqbal khan

    Check this out...
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnW2u3z1bz8&w=640&h=390]

    December 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
    • Reality

      Saving Muslims is quite easy!!!

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
    • maine liberal

      We Christians joyfully recognize the religious values we have in common with Islam. Today I would like to repeat what I said to young Muslims some years ago in Casablanca: "We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God Who created the world and brings His creatures to their perfection" (Insegnamenti, VIII/2, [1985], p. 497). The patrimony of revealed texts in the Bible speaks unanimously of the oneness of God. Jesus Himself reaffirms it, making Israel's profession His own: "The Lord our God, the Lord is one" (Mark 12:29; cf. Deuteronomy 6:4-5). This oneness is also affirmed in the words of praise that spring from the heart of the Apostle Paul: "To the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen"(1Timothy 1:17).

      Pope John Paul II

      December 3, 2010 at 7:18 am |
    • Reality

      As per most NT exegetes, the Epistle to Timothy was not written by Paul. See Father Raymond Brown's book, An Introduction to the New Testament for an exhaustive review of the true writers of the gospels and epistles.

      As per Mark 12:29, many NT exegetes after reviewing all the docu-ments have concluded that it was not uttered by the historical Jesus.

      e.g.

      "Gerd Lüdemann

      Lüdemann [Jesus, 85f] suggests that Mark was handing on the tradition he had received without any significant change, but he sees the two fold summary of the law as a reductionist and anti-cultic development from the early Christian community, rather than as a saying of Jesus:

      The historical yield of the tradition is nil, since it is firmly rooted in the community and is to be derived from its needs. This community has detached itself from the temple cult and justifies this with reference to 'Jesus.' Moreover at another point Jesus gives a completely new definition of the term neighbour (see on Luke 10.30-37).

      Kurt Niederwimmer

      Niederwimmer [Hermeneia, 64] notes the parallels to the Gospels where this double summary of the Torah is variously attributed to Jesus (Mark, Matthew) or to a Torah scholar (Luke). Niederwimmer offers several considerations for concluding that the Didache version is not dependent on the Gospels, but was added to the traditional "Two Ways" tractate (which seems to have spoken only of the commandment to love God) when the Didache was compiled. "

      December 3, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  15. aUtheistIC

    Everytime religious people post something about God or something out of their belief, there comes the Atheists storming it with their typical (hateful,profane,disrespectful but in-fairness articulate, itellect, scientific and logical) replies and name callings such as; "2000 years religious numbnuts", "oxymorons who keep asking of sky daddy's help", "idiots who was fooled by a magical being in the sky" and so on and so forth.

    They also keep on saying that Religious people are shoving belief down to their throat.

    But the trut is...Atheists were the one shoving their belief down to religious people's throat they intentionally turning things upside down by passing to the latter the blame to hide their true intents and motives and soon they'll do it by force. They are discrediting bible through their wit, intellectual, articulate, scientific and logical but sly arguments to convince every people here on earth that it's a 2000 year old hoax and everything written in it which includes the prophecies in Revelations and the book of Apocalypses that had prophecized their comming.

    ALL RELIGIOUS PEOPLE LET NOT BE DECEIVED...HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH AND MAKE YOURSELF PREPARED OF THE COMING OF THE MARKED BEAST..THE ANTI CHRIST...HIS MINIONS ARE ALREADY HERE TO PREPARE FOR HIS WAY. THEY ARE SLY AND THEY CALL THEMSELVES...AS ATHEISTS!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
    • RW

      wut?

      December 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
    • Alex

      Really? Because I'm an atheist and I don't recall serving anyone even remotely 'marked' or espousing evil policies.

      I'll tell you what: how about you stop acting like those atheists (who do not represent all atheists, by the way), and desist in painting an entire body of belief (or lack thereof) based on the actions of its most militant and aggressive members?

      Or should I be saying that you, as a Christian, are necessarily a Planned Parenthood-bombing, polygamous, wife-beating child molester?

      Ball's in your court, man.

      December 3, 2010 at 7:09 am |
    • Julibear

      "do it by force" ???? Atheists tend to be pretty rational, reasonable people who are also non-violent. If they did decide to somehow make people disbelieve in their faith by force, they only have to look to the Catholic church for the roadmap on exactly how to do that! I am not an Atheist, but more Agnostic with a heavy dose of reality. We just ask that people learn about the world as well as their faith and realize that no matter what Supreme Being you believe in, someone else believes in theirs just as strongly! You dont think that followers of Zeus were not believers, just as my mom believes in her Roman Catholic God? Get a world view!

      December 3, 2010 at 8:40 am |
    • SHRIKE

      What drivel. Lay off the christ crack.

      December 3, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  16. Reality

    I wonder if he has considered becoming an Episcopalian priest? He could join then redounce those vows and then rejoin Catholicism as a married priest just like many Episcopalian priests and bishops are doing these days. Priestly celibacy in the RCC is beyond significant stupidity!!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • Yeah

      @Reality,
      "Priestly celibacy in the RCC is beyond significant stupidity!!!!"

      Shhhhh, you don't want all of those priests to get married and procreate a passel of kids, do you?

      December 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • ScottK

      Yeah is right, we can't throw gas on the fire by allowing Priests to be around even more children...even if they are their own.

      I wonder what Catholicmom has to say on this subject...

      December 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Reality

      You Said: "I wonder if he has considered becoming an Episcopalian priest? He could join then redounce those vows and then rejoin Catholicism as a married priest just like many Episcopalian priests and bishops are doing these days."

      Very nice my man...! I think you may have found a potential 'loophole' in this. :-)

      O.K... We obviously now need -Catholic Mom to weigh in on this to see if, in fact, the RCC would actually allow them to re-join as a catholic priest or bishop, per the article several days ago on this very subject.

      Peace...

      December 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
    • RW

      "I wonder if he has considered becoming an Episcopalian priest?"

      Um... read the last paragraph and you'll have your answer.

      December 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
    • Reality

      Oops, I must have missed that last paragraph or it was not posted in the original topic. Our RCC parish is in need of an assisstant and has big, almost empty parish house that Father Cutie and his family can live in with a large parochial school right next door so we await for Father Cutie's next move.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:02 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Reality

      No worries... I made a 'shout out' to -CatholicMom, and hopefully she'll answer the call and put in her '2 cents' on this matter.

      Peace...

      December 3, 2010 at 2:29 am |
    • maine liberal

      The Episcopal/Anglican church is Catholic just not Roman Catholic. he will feel right at home

      December 3, 2010 at 7:13 am |
    • les

      if more preist got married,there would be less need to abuse little boys...i like that idea.
      the devil learks in all of us, i'm happy for this couple.may god bless him and his family

      December 3, 2010 at 7:57 am |
    • Reality

      From Wikipedia:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pe-dophilia

      "Due to the stereotype that pe-dophiles are always male, it has been difficult to determine the prevalence of female ped-ophiles; however, studies in the UK and USA suggest that a range of 5% to 20% of child se-xual abuse offenses are perpetrated by women.[20]”

      -"The onset of pedophilia usually occurs during adolescence. Occasional pe-dophiles begin their activities during middle age but this late onset is uncommon. In the United States, about 50% of men arrested for pe-dophilia are married. "

      December 3, 2010 at 8:09 am |
    • andyLau

      that's what the article said he did

      December 3, 2010 at 8:11 am |
    • Julibear

      It is true, married men can become Catholic priests! Also men whose wives have died. Fairly common.

      December 3, 2010 at 8:34 am |
    • Catholic MOM and Wife

      Technically speaking, and I've talked this over with my "father" at the church I went to. You can be married and be a Catholic Priest. However, you must be married BEFORE receiving your Holy Orders. Once you receive them, you are done, and once your spouse passes, no you may not remarry.

      Most likely, they would not let him return.

      December 3, 2010 at 8:36 am |
    • Sara

      read the article

      December 3, 2010 at 9:08 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Peace2All,

      Not much time this morning but…..

      People today do not think much about vows apparently; some even suggest conniving for priests to achieve a particular outcome.

      When people make vows, it is a sacred promise. But people are breaking promises today at an alarming rate but not so much in the priesthood. It is still a sacred vocation. The vocation of marriage is the one where people are not keeping sacred their vows these days in comparison to the vocation of priesthood.

      I am sorry for Father Cutie to have let himself stay in the temptation that would lead to his breaking of his vow as priest which the priesthood must have been a great desire for him or he would never have completed all the years of studies, etc. to achieve it. I can understand how he is still drawn to his first love and do believe his wife will find it hard to share him with his first love. After all, when men and women get married then divorced and remarry, don’t the new spouses hate when their husband or wife wishes to have relations with their first love? Perhaps it will work out for Father Cutie and I hope it does because another broken vow means another sad situation.

      The bottom line is…there should never be conniving to ‘get around’ vows, which is what I think your question to me was about, Peace2All.

      December 5, 2010 at 10:08 am |
    • Teacher

      Wikipedia is NOT a legitimate source for information. I checked the article you are quoting on pedophilia and it does not exist nor does the actual article on pedophilia make any mention of married pedophiles. I suggest finding a more appropriate source for your information.

      My opinion: While it is highly unlikely that marriage alone would solve the abuse situation in the church. It might encourage men who are not socially stunted, who are torn between serving and having their own families.

      December 6, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  17. Bob

    I feel horrible. He's not a bad guy, he's married and has an outlet for such things.

    December 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  18. Peace2All

    @Bob
    8O

    Good 'clean up' there -Bob.

    Peace...

    December 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  19. Matt

    You're a "stereotype"

    December 3, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  20. Ali

    Oh man that is just wrong! Funny! but wrong!

    December 3, 2010 at 8:26 am |
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