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Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love Paperback – January 3, 2012
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Father Albert Cutié has had the special privilege of entering millions of homes throughout the world each day with his television and radio talk shows, as well as, his newspaper advice columns. His first self-help book, Real Life, Real Love (published by Penguin) is available in English and is a bestseller in Spanish. His second book, Dilemma, is a controversial memoir about his life as a young seminarian and priest. He is presently working on his third book which will be published by Church Publishing, Inc in the Spring of 2016.
Father Albert became a member of the Episcopal Church and announced his decision to continue serving God as a married priest on May 28, 2009. He was originally ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Miami on the 13th of May, 1995. In addition to his work in the media, he has served as a parish priest in several parishes in South Florida for more than twenty years. He was President and General Director of Pax Catholic Communications (home of Radio Peace and Radio Paz in Miami). In October of 1998, Father Albert became the first member of the clergy to host a daily "talk-show" as part of a major network on international secular television. This award-wining program made him earn the nickname, "Father Oprah". He later continued to host his weekly talk-show, HABLANDO CLARO CON EL PADRE ALBERTO, on the international network EWTN.
Today he appears frequently on a variety of television and radio programs in both secular and religious media, presenting faith perspectives on issues which affect our modern-day society. He enjoys his work as a full-time parish priest and is the Rector of St. Benedict's Episcopal (Anglican) Church in Plantation, Florida www.saintbenedicts.org He lives with his wife, Ruhama, and their three children.
Father Albert is currenly preparing to publish a new book on the Craft of Preaching in the 21st Century - Visit his website: www.padrealberto.com
Top Customer Reviews
Many priests leave the priesthood after finding a partner, or being discouraged by the church. The narrative, however, is more complex as Cutié is also a celebrity.
There is a lot that could go wrong with this book. But because Fr. Cutié handles his dilemma with honesty and vulnerability, the final picture is a priest who has been redeemed through the power of his love - for the church, and for his wife.
The book begins with his discovering a call and being an idealistic priest. He's a young conservative, committed to the gospel and the party line of the institutional church.
He also discovers he has a skill for connecting to people by making the church comprehensible - or relevant - to others. Eventually, he gets approached by a television company, starting a media ministry that would engage Spanish speakers internationally. At this point he is working hundred hour work-weeks and finds himself spiritually unsupported by the hierarchy.
At one point he meets Ruhama, and finds himself instantly attracted to her. It seems like a mystical experience that sheds light upon the other challenges in his institutional life. What is the meaning of love? And what does this mean for his role as a priest? One of the strongest parts of the book is his love for her.
The book continues with reflections about the media and his position.Read more ›
the title of the book is perfect.
Dilema is a problem offering at least two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable.
I recommend this book!
Context: I read Fr. Cutie's book out of curiosity. What I discovered was a man who went through the same grieving/messy divorce process in leaving his childhood church as I went through leaving mine. Men and their religious promises let him down; God did not. Men will probably continue to judge him, but God guided him to find peace with his new life, new family, and his new calling that allows him to do what he wanted to do when he entered the seminary: help people.
Throughout it all, even with the temptations, the changes, the vulnerability and the mistakes, Fr. Cutie remained true to himself, to his God, his original mission to serve. He also remained true to the woman he loves, which is an absolute miracle to me. That's more than the Catholic church has done throughout hundreds of years with their many mistresses, illegitimate children, male and female lovers, sexually abused children and adults, and the whole writhing cauldron of hidden hypocrisy.
The ultimate irony for me is that while God and Fr. Cutie's wife are willing to share him: the Catholic church authorities are not since his relationship with his of-age and obviously willing girlfriend became public. Bottom line: "Sinning" is fine if you're a priest and you keep it hidden (aka 'Don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses').Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was expecting to gain some perspective of the ideological differences and struggles faces by Father Cutié. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Ana Maria Lozano
He says the same things over and over again. This book is okay, but could have been much shorter if he hadn't kept repeating himself.Published 8 months ago by Kenneth W. Boggs
A wonderful love story : Love of Church and Love of another person, a woman specifically.
It is also a faith sharing story which travels from faith in God to minimal faith in... Read more
Read and try to understand where the Church leaders fail in their leadership. This book tests how you feel about the way decisioins are made. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chuck
A book that the Pope should read about what a priest goes through when he falls in love. Maybe will see married priests one day.Published 14 months ago by Peter