Fallen priests are certainly nothing new and when I hear of such a case it usually reminds me to pray for priests. The tempting of priests surely is a high priority of fallen Angels as much as the destruction of families. Generally this is an issue that makes me sad not mad.
Originally the story of Fr. Cutie from the Archdiocese of Miami was in the sad category for me and while I still continue to pray for him – his actions are becoming even more reprehensible. He has recently come out with a new book attacking the Church and it’s hypocrisy and of course the media is scooping this up as frosting on their Anti-Catholicism.
A priest who found himself attracted to a women and as a result applied for laicization because he felt called to the married life is at least someone I could understand and to some degree respect. A priest who gets caught with a divorcee, subsequently defends his actions on one of the popular Morning show, leaves the Church, becomes Episcopalian, marries the women involved and has a child, and then writes a book attacking the Church is somebody who will get my prayers, but not my sympathy. The media is glad to use such a character since any stick to hit the Church with will do.
Progressives who called for a married priesthood and remain celibate I can appreciate even if I prudently disagree with them on this issue of discipline. A priest that sneaks around apparently committing adultery and then when caught strikes out against the Church is not exactly a reformer that should be listened to. Reformer reform thyself. Fr. Cutie’s outside actions are not only scandalous, but show him digging deeper into sin instead of repentance. Worse is the fact that he is being encouraged in his sin as he becomes a celebrity for his actions.
Contrary to Andy Warhol, it seems the future brought everybody “15 minutes of shame” where what people should be ashamed of they become famous for. Considering original sin this is not very surprising. We all struggle and fall short, but when you call falling short “advancement” you have gone beyond concupiscence to denial and sin. Shame on the media and others for using Fr. Cutie’s case to advance their agenda.