Padre Alberto got rid of his clerical collar and went on CBS Early Show today. Here’s the full interview:
The CBS headline cashes in on the scandal: Priest In Racy Photos: I Had Sex With Her
Father Alberto Cutié Tells Maggie Rodgiruez Breaking His Vows Was Wrong; Celibacy Should Be Optional; He May Marry The Woman
(CBS) The celebrity priest at the center of a storm sparked by photos of him in a romantic embrace with a woman on the sands of Miami Beach admits he’s had sex with her.
Father Alberto Cutié sat down for his first television interview since the scandal began on The Early Show Monday.
The photos — 25 in all — have almost single-handely reignited the debate over the celibacy required of priests by the Catholic Church and the Church’s refusal to allow priests to marry.
In the exclusive interview, Cutié — who wasn’t wearing his priest’s clothes — told co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez a longtime friendship with the woman became romantic about two years ago, adding that they’re in love.
He says he’s mulling his next move, which he says could range from breaking up with her to marrying her. The woman, he indicated, wants to marry him.
Conceding he’s become “kind of a poster boy” for the debate over priests being celibate, Cutié said priestly celibacy is good, but should be optional.
Overall, he said he’s “deeply sorry” about all that’s happened.
The Miami Herald headline is more decorous: Father Alberto Cutié: I’m not sure what I’ll do next.