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Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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Father Albert Cutié is now serving in the Episcopal Church as a married priest at The Church of the Resurrection in Biscayne Park, Florida. He is a member of several community service organizations and is the first Cuban-American to serve as a Trustee of the American Bible Society.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra; First Edition edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451232014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232014
  • ASIN: 0451232011
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dilemma is a sensitive, engaging book by Padre Alberto Cutié, who had been one of the most visible priests in the world, serving a media ministry from Miami. It is a quick read, conversational in tone, with excellent stories and tender insights. It is written for a popular audience, but scholars of ministry might also find this useful.

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.
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By ChrisKan on January 5, 2011
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The book is great, it helps us to understand many problems of the Catholic Church and its standards, in particular he introduces us into the dilemmas our Catholic priests face, and also teaches us that love can do anything.

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!
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For many years we have been hearing about certain scandals within the Catholic Church that most people have either been offended by or have found it hard to believe. When I was younger I joined the seminary in a religious order called the Legionaries of Christ. After prayer and reflection I realized that was not the life God was calling me to. I saw certain realities I was not in agreement with and I just did not feel comfortable with. These things are not aware to anyone until they are inside. I have known Father Albert for over 25 years and have personally seen his spiritual growth. There is no doubt in my mind that he loves Jesus Christ and the Gospel. The struggles a Roman Catholic priest face are not known by anyone unless you're a Roman Catholic priest. I think it was a great idea for him to write this book and express how he had to make a difficult decision between two loves. I know he loved the church, but I also know he loves his wife as well. Some might say that Father Albert's criticism of certain people or the Catholic Church is too harsh. But I can personally say there are a lot of negatives that were left out, and it's possible that it is better that way. I do believe that it is time the Catholic Church reflects on its position on Celibacy and change this fast. The bottom line is Fr. Albert is a great man and I am proud to be his friend and I am happy that he is happy. Our church is not perfect because it is run by imperfect men, so we should respect everyone's right to happiness. Everyone should read this book with open mind and not think that it is an attack on the Catholic Church because it is not. It is only a book that describes a dilemma that he had being a Roman Catholic priest.
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Background: I am not Catholic. I left another major religion 32 years ago after being raised in it and realizing its founder lied. I've been extremely shy of earthly religious authority since then. Bottom line: I trusted God, I didn't trust the egotistical, power-hungry founders of His many religions. I haven't been in the market for another church since leaving that one.

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').
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