”I’m not going to rush into marriage. I know all about that,” said the man who has counseled countless couples preparing for weddings. “But I would like to have a family and at the same time serve God.”
Does that mean he will leave the priesthood?
”My struggle has gone on for close to a year. It wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when,” he said. “You cannot be a married priest in the Roman Catholic Church. I have friends — Episcopalian bishops, Baptists, friends in the American Bible Society — and they have shown me that it is possible to do both.”
Cutié said he finally broke his silence Friday, speaking first to Univisión co-anchor Teresa Rodriguez, because he wanted to protect his girlfriend. She has been identified in media reports as Ruhama Buni Canellis, 35, a divorced mother living in Miami Beach. Cutié would not confirm her name, saying he wanted to protect her privacy and noting she is not a public figure.
”There have been so many rumors, and the paparazzi outside her door,” Cutié said. He added that he’s sure he wasn’t set up by his girlfriend or anybody else, as many have speculated, when he ended up in a liplock — and worse — in the pages of the Mexican magazine TVnotas. “People have gone as far as to say that I set it up. That would really be stupid. I didn’t set it up and she didn’t either.”
Earlier Friday, Cutié told Rodriguez he has few regrets about engaging in the relationship, even though the romance has jeopardized his mediagenic career.
”Do I feel bad, horrible, about it? . . . No,” he said emphatically during the televised interview, adding: “I will never say I’m sorry for loving a woman.”
This lends itself to speculation:
Was he advised by his religious superiors to just keep quiet until he “got over it”? Is that what caused his very public beach outing?
Prior post here
Part of the interview (in Spanish)