A Cutie we can do without.

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A Cutie we can do without.

If you read this blog at all you might guess that I’m not all torn up about los­ing Fr. Cutie to the Angli­can Com­mu­nion:

A pop­u­lar U.S. Roman Catholic priest pho­tographed frol­ick­ing with a woman on a Florida beach announced on Thurs­day he had joined the Epis­co­pal Church to pur­sue the priest­hood in a faith that allows mar­ried clergy.

The word that comes to my mind is addi­tion by sub­trac­tion. We had a sit­u­a­tion like this in my Parish, a very nice priest wanted to leave the priest­hood to get mar­ried, he strug­gled with this and talked to the dio­cese and even­tu­ally left the priest­hood and got mar­ried but remains in the church. To me that is still really bad; but he remained in the church worked through the dio­cese when he left and with con­fes­sion is for­given and is a Catholic in good stand­ing and is bring­ing his fam­ily up Catholic.

There is an inter­est­ing con­trast here as well. The Arch­bishop of Miami (via the Curt Jester) touches on it dur­ing his pas­toral let­ter on the sub­ject:

I must also express my sin­cere dis­ap­point­ment with how Bishop Leo Frade of the Epis­co­pal Dio­cese of South­east Florida has han­dled this sit­u­a­tion. Bishop Frade has never spo­ken to me about his posi­tion on this del­i­cate mat­ter or what actions he was con­tem­plat­ing. I have only heard from him through the local media. This truly is a seri­ous set­back for ecu­meni­cal rela­tions and coop­er­a­tion between us. The Arch­dio­cese of Miami has never made a pub­lic dis­play when for doc­tri­nal rea­sons Epis­co­pal priests have joined the Catholic Church and sought ordi­na­tion. In fact, to do so would vio­late the prin­ci­ples of the Catholic Church gov­ern­ing ecu­meni­cal rela­tions. I regret that Bishop Frade has not afforded me or the Catholic com­mu­nity the same cour­tesy and respect. (empha­sis mine)

With­out mean­ing to the Bishop hits on some­thing. Over and over when I read about Angli­can priests becom­ing Catholic we hear about the study of doc­trine and the con­clu­sion that the Church is true and right. On the other side we hear the I wants. The church doesn’t allow some­thing that the per­son whats or objects to a sin that the per­son does, so they find a dif­fer­ent church.

One group looks for truth and goes toward it, the other has sin and wants jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to allow it.

This is why Fr. Cutie is pathetic. He will be cel­e­brated for his fail­ure and will lead peo­ple away from truth for his own desires. It’s a sad thing but it’s on him and he has the rest of his life to repent…

…after that he’s on his own.

If you read this blog at all you might guess that I’m not all torn up about losing Fr. Cutie to the Anglican Communion:

A popular U.S. Roman Catholic priest photographed frolicking with a woman on a Florida beach announced on Thursday he had joined the Episcopal Church to pursue the priesthood in a faith that allows married clergy.

The word that comes to my mind is addition by subtraction. We had a situation like this in my Parish, a very nice priest wanted to leave the priesthood to get married, he struggled with this and talked to the diocese and eventually left the priesthood and got married but remains in the church. To me that is still really bad; but he remained in the church worked through the diocese when he left and with confession is forgiven and is a Catholic in good standing and is bringing his family up Catholic.

There is an interesting contrast here as well. The Archbishop of Miami (via the Curt Jester) touches on it during his pastoral letter on the subject:

I must also express my sincere disappointment with how Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has handled this situation. Bishop Frade has never spoken to me about his position on this delicate matter or what actions he was contemplating. I have only heard from him through the local media. This truly is a serious setback for ecumenical relations and cooperation between us. The Archdiocese of Miami has never made a public display when for doctrinal reasons Episcopal priests have joined the Catholic Church and sought ordination. In fact, to do so would violate the principles of the Catholic Church governing ecumenical relations. I regret that Bishop Frade has not afforded me or the Catholic community the same courtesy and respect. (emphasis mine)

Without meaning to the Bishop hits on something. Over and over when I read about Anglican priests becoming Catholic we hear about the study of doctrine and the conclusion that the Church is true and right. On the other side we hear the I wants. The church doesn’t allow something that the person whats or objects to a sin that the person does, so they find a different church.

One group looks for truth and goes toward it, the other has sin and wants justification to allow it.

This is why Fr. Cutie is pathetic. He will be celebrated for his failure and will lead people away from truth for his own desires. It’s a sad thing but it’s on him and he has the rest of his life to repent…

…after that he’s on his own.