Miami Priest Admits 2-Year Affair
Photo scandal may lead him to marry woman he says he loves
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2009 6:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – The celebrity priest whose racy photos sparked a Catholic scandal broke his silence yesterday on The Early Show, admitting he’s in a 2-year sexual relationship with the woman in the pictures. Father Alberto Cutié said he’s in love with her and has never had sex with anyone else since taking his vows. But he acknowledged that he’s become “kind of a poster boy” for the debate over celibacy—which he supports, but believes "people should be given the option to marry in order to serve God."

“I don’t support the breaking of the celibacy promise. I understand fully that this is wrong,” said Cutié, who is not sure whether he will end the relationship or marry the woman. “I don't want to be the anti-celibacy priest. I think that's unfortunate.”