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Book Review: Dilemma - a priest's struggle with faith and love (Alberto Cutie)

Discussion in 'Scripture,Tradition,Reason-Anglican & Old Catholic' started by Naomi4Christ, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Naomi4Christ

    Naomi4Christ not a nutter Supporter

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    I've been quite captivated by this story - a Rc priest who fell in love and became an Episcopalian - so I decided to take the plunge and read his memoirs. The book is quite a page turner and I read it in two sittings.

    The first half of the book tells of his early life, life at theological college and work as a parish priest. It also details his media ministry, which is why we even talk about him. He describes how he met his future wife and went out of his way for years to avoid her.

    It is clear in this book how he is a devoted man of God. Mission is his top priority and helping the needy in society. He grew up loving the roman catholic church based on his culture, but grew disenchanted when he did not see others in the church with his own sense of love and mission. He was ecumenically focussed and worked with other churches in his neighbourhood in order to meet common goals. Through this work, he had developed strong friendships with Anglican clergy and bishops. He was already on the road to transition when he finally gave in and embraced his future wife for the first time.

    Over the next few months, his disillusionment with the RCC deepened as did his relationship with his now girlfriend. He was always on the point of taking the leap from the RCC to TEC, but never has the right time to prepare others for this announcement until his hand was forced by papparazzi pictures.

    Then followed a bittersweet few weeks when he was cut off from the RCC yet free to marry the love of his life.

    This memoir section of his book was followed by a couple of chapters detailing the inadequacies of the RCC - hypocrisy, coverups, entrenched homosexual activity within the priesthood, shunning of women and progressives, etc.

    It ends with finding a church that he felt closely resembled the original church and one which matched his sense of fairness, growth, mission and evangelism. He also quite rightly recognised that TEC, like any other church, is not perfect.

    As an Anglican, I was pleased to see a priest with a heart for God. I learned a few things about the RCC that surprised me, such as moving priests from one parish to another with little notice (this could take a year or two in the CofE).

    Overall, a very good read. It is probably not a beacon of literary style, bit it makes up for this in passion for God.
     
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  2. New_Found_Faith

    New_Found_Faith Senior Veteran Supporter

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    I will be sure to read this book over spring break. Thank you for bring it up!
     
  3. Maid Marie

    Maid Marie Zechariah 4:6

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    Sounds quite interesting. Maybe the library will have it.
     
  4. HisHomeMaker

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    Thanks for sharing!
     
  5. Maid Marie

    Maid Marie Zechariah 4:6

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    I read this recently and found it very helpful for me. I have had problems with my own denomination so much so that taking a required course on Nazarene history was difficult emotionally. Then I read this book and realized that I wasn't alone in my thoughts, beliefs and concerns. No longer feeling alone, helped lessen my angst and for that I am grateful.
     
  6. MKJ

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    The fact that this guy, who is a media attention hog, was brought into the Episcopal Church with no question after being caught having an illicit affair, with nary a word to his bishop that he was having doubts about Catholicism, is very disturbing.

    She isn't his girl-friend now, BTW, she's his wife, they have a child.
     
  7. ebia

    ebia Senior Contributor

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    's only fair - they take the ones that reject us.
     
  8. MKJ

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    I should hope that under comparable circumstances, they would be very careful.
     
  9. Naomi4Christ

    Naomi4Christ not a nutter Supporter

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    Morning by morning, new mercies I see.

    Thank God that he is more merciful than many of us.
     
  10. Scottish Monk

    Scottish Monk Soul journey

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    Thank you for sharing a review of the book.
     
  11. Naomi4Christ

    Naomi4Christ not a nutter Supporter

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    Welcome to CF, Scottish Monk :)
     
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