A Priest's Dilemma
Father Cutié says it was love at first sight when he met divorced mother Ruhama Canellis in 1999. "Our eyes just kind of locked," he says. "As a young man, you kind of feel that energy that is there and you're like: 'How do you turn this off? I'm not allowed to do this.'"
After years of friendship, Father Cutié says the relationship became romantic in 2007. "Certainly I was conflicted because I loved God, and I wanted to be 100 percent faithful to being a celibate priest," he says. "At the same time, I couldn't deny my feelings for this woman."
Photos of Father Cutié and Ruhama kissing and cuddling on the beach hit the tabloids, sending shock waves through Miami's Catholic community. Father Cutié was soon removed from his parish and apologized to the community for breaking his vows. "The reaction of the church kind of surprised me because we've had priests involved in awful criminal situations," he says. "My situation all of a sudden became the worst thing for the church."
As a married man, Father Cutié says he can now serve God in a different way. "My vocation to priesthood and the fact that I'm now married are not two different things. I think they complement each other," he says. "God is a big boy. When we face him, when we look at him face-to-face, the question he's going to ask is, 'Did you do it out of love?' ... And I believe I did everything I've done out of love. "