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Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity.

Father Al and friend in the remake. Or makeout.

Father Al and friend in the remake. Or makeout.

I can’t figure out what I don’t like about the story of former Catholic priest Alberto Cutie (pronounced ku-tee-ay, not cutie-pie), who has now become an Episcopal priest.  But, maybe it’s the fact that…

  • Father Al was caught in a Burt-Lancaster-From-Here-to-Eternity scene, rolling in the tide with a bikini clad woman; or that,
  • Father Alberto is called Father Oprah because of the popularity of his TV talk show; or that,
  • Alberto has jumped ship to the Episcopal church and will preach this coming Sunday in an Episcopal church in Biscayne Park that needs reviving; or that,
  • The Episcopalians welcomed him with open arms and are putting him right to work; or that,
  • According to CNN, he said, “Through the photos, it looked like a frivolous thing on the beach, you know, and that’s not what it is. It’s something deeper than that.” Okay, so deeper makes everything fine.  Or that,
  • This is another example of “Pastors Gone Wild.”  As if we needed any more examples.

So, that’s my take on Father Al.  I personally hope he finds the happiness he seeks, and that he is indeed in love and that everything ends happily ever after.  I would have liked it better if he’d taken at least a few days off, gone on a retreat or something, and started in a lower profile position than savior-of-a-dying-parish.  But, hey, only in America, right?