The Father Cutié scandal is so surreal I still don't even believe it: A media-savvy South Beach Catholic priest with a bit of celebrity and a name that is an accent away from "cutie," is caught by paparazzi caressing a bikini-clad woman on the beach. But the reaction has served as a sounding board on a much more real issue: whether the Catholic Church should still enforce its centuries-old rule of clerical celibacy.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that many now calling for forgiveness for Cutié, and indeed a re-examination of celibacy, were familiar with and respected him. One has to wonder if some of his passionate defenders be calling for the same forgiveness for a priest they don't know. Is it a classic case of an arbitrary "sin" seeming much more forgivable when you know the sinner?
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