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    Question Do you think Preists should be allowed to marry?

    Embattled priest Alberto Cutie admits he's in love with Miami Beach woman
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...,2367548.story

    MIAMI - The Rev. Alberto Cutié acknowledged Friday that he was in love with a woman and has no regrets about the relationship, even though the romance has jeopardized his career as a Catholic priest, the Miami Herald reports.

    ''Do I feel bad about it? . . . No,'' he said emphatically in a televised interview with Spanish-language network Univisión.

    The interview was done by Aquí y Ahora co-anchor Teresa Rodríguez.

    ''I can say, with sincerity, that she's a woman I love,'' he said, noting he had known the woman, Ruhama Buni Canellis, a 35-year-old Miami Beach resident, for 10 years.

    He also said only he was to blame for his actions, which he knew would draw criticism from the public.

    Canellis issued a statement via e-mail this morning.

    "As a single mother," it said, "I ask that the members of the media respect my privacy and the privacy of my 14 year old son. I want to thank my family, my friends and so many others for their outpouring of love and support. I ask that everyone continue to pray for us. Thank you."

    Miami-Dade court records show Canellis is divorced with at least one child. She married in Florida in 1994, but divorced two years later.

    The couple had one child.

    Neighbors outside the woman's apartment told the Herald that Canellis has two sons, ages 5 and 15.

    Miami-Dade County court records show Canellis was cited in 2000 for operating a business without a license. She paid fines, and one of the counts was dismissed.

    She had been cited for operating a business without a license three other times before, but she was acquitted or the charges were dropped.

    She also applied for a license with the Florida Department of Business and Professional regulation to be a real estate broker.

    State business records indicate that Canellis was also licensed as a ''body wrapper'' and facial specialist.

    More than 60 Cutié supporters held a rally Thursday that was briefly interrupted by a scuffle between two men.

    As people rallied in front of Cutié's Miami Beach church, Jose Soler, walking home from a nearby bank, stopped to criticize the priest.

    Soler, 69, said Cutié used his popularity to manipulate followers and ``hurt God.''

    Felix Claro, 81, pushed Soler to the ground and the shouting crowd surrounded him, defending Cutié, the Herald reports.

    Police intervened and removed Soler, who had a cut finger.

    Archbishop John C. Favalora suspended Cutié from the pulpit at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on Tuesday, and said the priest would no longer host a show on Pax Catholic Communications.........................con't
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    I don't see anything wrong with them getting married. I don't see why you can't serve God and be married too.

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    I think priests should be allowed to marry.

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    I understand the reasoning for why priest are not to marry so it would be hard for me to say one way or the other. As for the human heart and love, you never know when it is going to happen and to whom.
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    no, I don't believe they should be allowed to marry -- it is part of the canon laws of our faith, and part of the vows that they took when they entered the Priesthood.

    Now, with that said, they can be a deacon and be married but never a full priest.
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    Yes I think they should be allowed to marry and nuns also.I think marriage is something that God wants all of us to do.
    Plus maybe if they were allowed to marry maybe they would leave those poor alter boys alone.

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    Hell...they let them molest children so they should let them get married.
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    Yes they should be able to marry.Having a partner and being sexual is human nature.Forcing people to go without for the rest of their lives sounds like such a waste.I also wonder about the intelligence of having unmarried priests giving advice to people pre and post marriage.They are not at qualified,Kind of reminds me of all the people without children trying to give you parenting advice.

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    There isn't anything in the bible that forbids priests to marry. In early Christian times, the leaders were married men. I would never think of asking a man for advice on how it feels to go into labor, a born vegetarian how meat tastes, Jonah how it feels to be eaten by a whale. If I want advice, I prefer going to a person who has personal experience, not a person whose knowledge only comes from what they have read.

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    I found the political aspect interesting. Doesn't everything boil down to politics?

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_aren't...lowed_to_marry



    Why aren't catholic priests allowed to marry?
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    Priest were allowed to marry during the 1st century and after only when the catholic church wanted to change this tradition while the orthodox church wanted to keep around 1054 AD this was one of the issues that caused the schism between the orthodox and catholic church.

    It can be seen from two aspects: Political and Religious.

    Political - the bishop of Rome as he was called then did not want the priests family inheriting his wealth so by letting priests not get married this was solved.

    Religious - that the priest is married to the Church, and should be at her disposal at all times.

    However, eastern rite catholic churches who are schismatics form the orthodox church and keep the traditions and beliefs of the orthodox church but accept the primacy of the pope over the orthodox church can get married.

    Clergy members of other churches that were already married and convert to Catholicism can still stay married.

    This however is rejected by the orthodox church putting it in simplistic terms is that because it can led to other sins such as homosexuality, masturbation, adultery, etc..
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    Quote Originally Posted by tammy77 View Post
    Yes I think they should be allowed to marry and nuns also.I think marriage is something that God wants all of us to do.
    Plus maybe if they were allowed to marry maybe they would leave those poor alter boys alone.
    Actually the Bible tells us not to marry and to remain celibate because the love of a spouse can come between your relationship with God. Marriage was put there in the case of if you could not be celibate then you were to marry.


    Quote Originally Posted by ilovecats View Post
    Yes they should be able to marry.Having a partner and being sexual is human nature.Forcing people to go without for the rest of their lives sounds like such a waste.I also wonder about the intelligence of having unmarried priests giving advice to people pre and post marriage.They are not at qualified,Kind of reminds me of all the people without children trying to give you parenting advice.
    Sex is a desire of the flesh and it can be abstained if the desire is really there. The idea of priests and nuns being celibate is that they do not have those relationships coming between them and God. This is a sign of their devotion to their calling. And not ALL priest molest children. If you took the time to check, you would find plenty of cases of other religious leaders committing the same acts.

    As for a priest giving counseling to couples before marriage, they are counseling the couple on the roles of each and the obligations and responsibilities that each bear to the other. This is based on faith. How many Protestant pastors that are not married also give advice to couples before marriage? A lot of them.

    And you don't have to have children to be able to understand how to raise a child. Everyone was a child at one time and so that gives them some qualifications and experience.
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