I hadn’t intended to weigh in on the Fr. Cutie incident. When anybody falls into sin it is very sad, especially if they are a priest. Normally the response to a situation like this would be to mainly pray for the person. Yesterday I saw the video of him on one of the morning shows and then later read Fr. Richsteig’s reaction.
His interviews gives an insight into how his involvement with a divorcee happened. He offered more of a defense than an apology. It seemed more of a regret for causing pain than that he had committed an objectively grave sin and caused scandal. I do wonder if his bishop had allowed him to show up on national television? It is hard to believe that he would. It really shows bad judgment on Fr. Cutie’s part to do this in the first place since he has caused even more scandal by trying to justify his “falling in love.” To go on national television and to say that celibacy should be optional is pretty self-serving. As Fr. Richsteig commented.
He is so unrepentant that he went on national TV where he said that celibacy is good, but it should be optional for priest. (And the man caught in adultery said, “Marital fidelity is a beautiful thing, but it should be optional.”).
“Under the cassock are a pair of pants.” is one of the lines he used. Last I checked this was true for all diocesan priests who are faithful to their promises. A married man that commits adultery because he “loves” his mistress I guess can not be blamed because he is a man and wears pants. You can almost see the process of justification he used to become involved with this women in the first place. He said that he had been under spiritual direction since he was tempted against celibacy and that this is something he struggled with. Too bad he did not take this temptation more seriously and worked to avoid situations where he would be tempted. Becoming a minor celebrity and media personality and being nicknamed “Father Oprah” was probably not the most prudent course if you are particularly tempted in this manner. We should flee from those situations where we know we are easily tempted.
I do pray that he fully repents and that he comes to the full realization of what his sin really is. In the meantime I hope he stays away from any media outlets.