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Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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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 got this from the library, no $ for the author. It might be an interesting read about a man wrestling with his demons, if he had published it BEFORE he got caught.Published 3 months ago by Mary
This is a fascinating book which gives unique insight into the heart and mind of a Roman Catholic priest in a very difficult situation, as well as insight into the troubled... Read morePublished 4 months ago by a serious reader
Dilemma is a well-spoken work by Albert Cutie. My congratulations to him for struggling through the challenges of his life and coming out on the other side of various harsh... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Found it interesting,some of the history of the church and the problems it has.Published 6 months ago by Tammy M. Ciesla
I was expecting to gain some perspective of the ideological differences and struggles faces by Father Cutié. Read morePublished 7 months 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 14 months ago by Kenneth W. Boggs