Bishop John C. Favalora of the Archbishop of Miami on the act of schism by Fr. Cutié in his decision to join the Episcopal Church.
According to our canon law, with this very act Father Cutié is separating himself from the communion of the Roman Catholic Church (c. 1364, §1) by professing erroneous faith and morals, and refusing submission to the Holy Father (canon 751). He also is irregular for the exercise of sacred orders as a priest (canons 1041 and 1044, §1) and no longer has the faculties of the Archdiocese of Miami to celebrate the sacraments; nor may he preach or teach on Catholic faith and morals (cannon 1336, §1). His actions could lead to his dismissal from the clerical state.
This means that Father Cutié is removing himself from full communion with the Catholic Church and thereby forfeiting his rights as a cleric. Roman Catholics should not request the sacraments from Father Cuité. Any sacramental actions he attempts to perform would be illicit. Any Mass he says would be valid but illicit, meaning it does not meet a Catholic’s obligation. Father Cutié cannot validly officiate at marriages of Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Miami or anywhere.
Father Cutié is still bound by his promise to live a celibate life, which he freely embraced at ordination. Only the Holy Father can release him from that obligation.
The Bishop goes on to state that Fr. Cutié never met with him again after being granted a leave of absence and that also the Episcopal bishop never contacted him either. The Bishop though has written a forthright and pastoral letter worth reading.
I blogged about this story before and how I was initially saddened to hear this news. Then he added insult to injury by appearing on a morning show making excuses like it was the Church’s fault. That he took this step without even once consulting with his Bishop shows that this guy is just a totally arrogant jerk. A a totally arrogant jerk deeply in need of our prayers since he has separated himself from the Church and I would imagine incurred Latae Sententiae excommunication.
When he appeared on the morning show he had said he had fallen in love. Too bad he has forgotten what love is. Love is willing the good for another. When he broke his promises and committed a gravely disordered sin with her he was not showing love. By endangering her soul as well as his own, this is an objective act of selfishness. When a married man says he “fell in love” with the women he committed adultery with it is the same lie. The same goes for homosexual sex. Any act of sex outside of the the Covenant of marriage is objectively sinful and thus never an act of love. To will the good for another is to will an objective good.